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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Area of Study

All areas of study information should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. The units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Arts component of any bachelors double degrees.

Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of English, Communications and Performance Studies
School of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences
Campus(es)Caulfield, Clayton, Gippsland, South Africa, Sunway

Notes

  • The sequence of units and units available differ between campuses. Refer to the individual campus entries below. A minor only is available at South Africa, Gippsland and via off-campus learning. Students at Sunway can only undertake a first-year sequence in this area of study.

Description

Caulfield, Clayton, South Africa and Sunway

Offered by the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies.

English offers a variety of units in the literatures of Britain, Australia, America, Asia, and in a range of related areas including academic, professional and creative writing.

In first year, students are introduced to the study of English through a choice of units. Each unit has a different focus, either on some aspect of literature in English or on the study of effective writing. Each aims to introduce students to a variety of modes of reading and to a number of ways of speaking and writing about what they read.

Second and third-year units in literature introduce students to the literature and culture of different historical periods. Related units are offered in the following fields: Australian studies, fairy tale, fantasy and children's literature, war literature and travel writing, critical theory, feminist theory and women's writing, postcolonial theory and literature, the languages of literature, literary and visual semiotics and performance studies, creative writing and professional writing. Students may select from these areas to develop their minor or major in English.

Students will find the expectations of English outlined in unit guides as they proceed through the degree. The school provides consultation and advice on choice of units at first, second, third and fourth-year levels to ensure that students choose suitable and coherent sequences.

It is expected that students intending to major in English will choose units which will provide them with:

  • a familiarity with a range of literary genres across a broad historical and cultural spectrum
  • an understanding of contemporary and historical modes of literary and critical theory
  • an understanding of the nature and construction of the discipline, including its historical and contemporary forms.

Gippsland and off-campus learning

Offered by the School of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences.

English offers a sequence of units focusing on English language as it is used for a range of communicative and cultural purposes. The approach is interdisciplinary (drawing on linguistics, philosophy, sociology, communications as well as traditional disciplines of literary criticism) and the range of texts studied is diverse (including contemporary and canonical literature, formal and academic writing, popular fiction, poetry and journalism). The emphasis is on the complex relations between the texts we read for pleasure or craft to communicate with others and the social and intellectual conditions which give birth to them. In this way, English combines a love of reading with a passion for thinking, to provide a chance to understand and debate the significance and purpose of communication and culture in its many varied forms.

The English minor has been designed specifically to meet the needs of writing students and education students enrolled at Gippsland or via off-campus learning, but may be of interest to any students studying the humanities and seeking to improve their English literacy - an attribute increasingly valued by a range of employers. The English program aims to equip students with high levels of English language skills and cultural literacy, including developed aptitudes for the understanding and use of English for a variety of purposes, advanced skills in critical reading and interpretation, and an appreciation of the cultural and social history which has shaped the world we live in.

On completion of the English minor, students will have:

  • general competence in the understanding and use of English for a variety of purposes
  • a range of effective reading strategies, including strategies of evaluation, and advanced skills in close and critical reading
  • an appreciation of the complex relations between cultural and material history and between literature, life and society
  • an ability to debate the significance of literature and the various ways of engaging in literary interpretation
  • detailed knowledge of the aesthetic form and social context of production of a selection of key works in literary history.

Units

Caulfield and Clayton

First-year level

Students studying a sequence in English must complete two units (12 points) from the following:

Second/Third-year level

Students studying a minor or major in English must have completed the first-year sequence. In addition:

  • a minor requires completion of a further two units (12 points) from the units listed below
  • a major requires completion of a further six units (36 points) from the units listed below. A minimum of three units must be taken at third year level.

Available units include:

Units not offered in 2011

Gippsland and off-campus learning

Students can complete an advanced level sequence consisting of the two core units listed below.

Students can complete an advanced level minor consisting of two core units and two electives chosen from the units listed below. While the units listed as electives are offered at both second and third levels, students must complete the electives at third level to complete the minor.

Second/Third -year level

Students studying an advanced second year sequence in English must complete two units (12 points) from the compulsory units listed below.

Students studying an advanced minor in English must complete four units (24 points) from the units listed below, including two compulsory units at second year and two elective units at third year.

Compulsory units
Elective units

Units not offered in 2011

South Africa

First-year level

Students studying a sequence in English must complete the following two units (12 points):

Second/Third-year level

Students studying a minor in English must have completed the first-year sequence. In addition:

  • a minor requires completion of a further two units (12 points) from the units listed below

Available units include:

Units not offered in 2011

Sunway

Students studying a sequence in English must complete the following two units (12 points):

Relevant Courses

Diplomas

  • 2439 Diploma in Arts (English as an international language)
  • 2552 Diploma of Tertiary Studies

Associated degrees

  • 4074 Associate Degree in Arts and Social Sciences
  • 4040 Associate Degree of Community Welfare and Counselling

Bachelors

Single degrees

  • 0002 Bachelor of Arts
  • 4073 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences
  • 1638 Bachelor of Arts as a Participant in the Dean's Scholars Program
  • 3914 Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice)
  • 3907 Bachelor of Arts (English Language)
  • 3910 Bachelor of Arts (Global)
  • 4077 Bachelor of Arts (International)
  • 2396 Bachelor of Arts (Journalism)
  • 1366 Bachelor of Arts (Languages)
  • 1708 Bachelor of Arts (Professional Communication)
  • 1731 Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling
  • 4042 Bachelor of Journalism
  • 0202 Bachelor of Letters
  • 0821 Bachelor of Music
  • 1144 Bachelor of Performing Arts
  • 1275 Bachelor of Professional Communication

Double degrees

  • 3277 Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 0550 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
  • 0553 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance)
  • 0555 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Management)
  • 0556 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
  • 1807 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business and Commerce
  • 3912 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business Information Systems
  • 0542 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 1806 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling
  • 2672 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Computer Science
  • 0170 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Economics
  • 1541 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education-primary
  • 1641 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education-secondary
  • 3906 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems
  • 0080 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws
  • 3054 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music
  • 0530 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
  • 3426 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work
  • 0002 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Theology
  • 3779 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Visual Arts
  • 2131 Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) and Bachelor of Science
  • 1802 Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) and Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling
  • 3911 Bachelor of Arts (Professional Communication) and Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems
  • 2130 Bachelor of Arts (Professional Communication) and Bachelor of Science
  • 1798 Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling
  • 1941 Bachelor of Business and Commerce and Bachelor of Communication
  • 4423 Bachelor of Business and Commerce and Bachelor of Professional Communication
  • 4075 Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling and Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol, Other Drugs and Mental Health)
  • 4076 Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling and Diploma of Community Services (Disability)
  • 0116 Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 3281 Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 3909 Bachelor of Professional Communication and Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems
  • 1945 Bachelor of Professional Communication and Diploma of Professional Writing