LIT302 Australian Voices (8)

This subject introduces students to the development of Australian literature and culture through a study of a wide variety of creative and literary texts (e.g. novels, plays, poetry, films, and songs). From poetic considerations of landscape to Indigenous responses to colonisation, students will read and analyse a selection of creative and literary texts from different periods, taking into account changing cultural, geographical, and material contexts. Throughout the subject students will consider the ways that Australian literature reflects complex problems, contributes to significant national debates, and shapes conceptual understandings of the world.


Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: LIT302. 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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and describe the social, political and cultural contexts for particular Australian literary and creative works;
  • be able to interpret and critically analyse a variety of Australian literary and creative works using skills derived from literary studies;
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of the ways in which Australian literary and creative works engage with key questions and debates within the Australian literary field; and
  • be able to apply skills in research, communication, and writing in order to examine and compare literary texts and contexts.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to Australian Literature
  • Conceptualising the Continent/ Colonisation's Imaginative Reach
  • Landscapes, Cities and Suburbia in the Australian Consciousness
  • Nationalism and Transnationalism in questions of Australian Identity
  • Modernism and Postmodernism in Australian Conditions
  • Indigenous Australian responses to the Settler Colonial Project

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of LIT302 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 %
Research essay
Takehome assessment

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.