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.


Session 1 (30)
Wagga 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

Grading System



One session


School 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.


This 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ELN500 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Digital anthology
Extended response to a literary text

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.