ELN500 Exploring Literature (8)


In this subject students will develop professional skills in the appreciation and critical evaluation of literature through immersion in a wide variety of genres, explicit instruction in theories and frameworks, critical analysis of research and reflexive transformation of their practice. Exploration requires movement from the known to the unknown and in this sense the student will examine their existing approaches to literature and challenge these with new models, forms and modes. Students will design a web folio of literature-based learning and connections.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ELN500
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Education

Enrolment restrictions

Available to students in the Master of Education

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • Understand the unique and essential role of literature in the curriculum of the twenty-first century.

  • Demonstrate a grounded understanding of narratology and literary theory.

  • Exhibit professional judgement and creativity in the selection of literary texts.


The subject will cover the following topics:
The role of literature in our lives
- language and concept development
- empathy and aesthetic engagement
- metacognition and intertextuality
- identity and literature Approaches to literature in education
- current perspectives in the study of literature
- narratology: key principles
- literary theory: characteristics and trends
- characteristics of genre
- author studies
- implications for teaching about literature Moving into the unknown
- transaction and reader response frameworks
- exploring the living literate environment
- linking to global and digital networks
- current issues and challenges of the new frontier


The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 25 August 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.