LIT114 Literature, Culture, and Society (8)

Literature, Culture, and Society is an introduction to the role of literature as a cultural form in society. It allows students to grasp the nature and role of English literature and language in schooling and in society. It emphasises the importance of English both in terms of communication and for access and social participation. The subject introduces literature in a variety of contexts in order that students might grasp the sigificance of the discipline, and the way in which it engages with high order social and cultural aesthetics. Students will read a wide range of literary forms and genres, including literary classics and popular texts. The subject is not restricted to Australian texts, but will include at least some contemporary Australian, multimedia, and children's texts. Possible themes in this subject include the varieties and significance of narrative, the formation of genres, the romance, and controversies in literature, culture, and society.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: LIT114. 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 Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is designed for Bachelor of Education (K-12) and Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary)  students.

The subject is available as a free elective in the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Liberal Studies.

Assumed Knowledge

Students are not required to have done any other literature subjects.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • understand the historical role of storytelling in society
  • be able to analyse the aesthetic nature and effects of literary texts
  • be able to evaluate a literary controversy in social and cultural context
  • be able to assess the way literary texts participate in the formation of social and cultural identity


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Varieties of Literature in history
  • Literature and its role in society
  • How to read and describe literary genres
  • Understanding literature in historical and other social contexts
  • Understanding literary and aesthetic controversies
  • Understanding the representation of indigeneities and/or other migrancies
  • Situating children's literature in social and cultural contexts

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of LIT114 in Session 2 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 %
Words and writing fundamentals
Analysing the lyric
Crafted writing piece and reflective analysis

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.