2020 Undergraduate Courses

English Literatures Major | 2020 

Studying English Literatures will get you thinking creatively about the English language. You will analyse theories, critique prose and verse, and take a more critical look at the signs and words surrounding us every day. It provides a platform for you to develop the skills that future employers are looking for including analytical thinking, exceptional written and oral communication skills, and the capacity to appreciate differences in cultural perspectives. 

At UOW, English Literature is studied with regard to style, theme and form, and also in relation to questions of race, gender, sexuality, class and nation. This major introduces you to a broad range of texts, novels, poetry, essays, short stories, film, diaries and letters from medieval times to the modern, with a strong international focus. 

Entry Requirements & Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the UOW Course Finder.

Major Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this major students will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Acquire knowledge of literary texts from a range of periods and places and an understanding of the importance of social, cultural, historical and geographical contexts
2 Understand and deploy changing theories, methods and concepts in literary studies
3 Read, understand and interpret complex literary texts
4 Locate, assess and use appropriate scholarly resources
5 Construct coherent arguments and communicate them effectively in oral and written form
6 Apply relevant skills and knowledge to recognise and reflect on the significance of literary texts in imagining and interpreting the social world

Subjects Required for Major Study

Students studying the English Literatures major will complete at least 48 credit points as outlined below:

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points
Year 1 Core
ENGL120 Understanding Literature and Film 6
Year 2 Core - A minimum of TWO of the following:
ENGL271 The Romantics 6
ENGL274 Victorians 6
ENGL276 Dreams and Visions in Literature and Film 6
Year 3 Core
ENGL383 English and Creative Writing Capstone: Ways of Reading and Writing (Capstone) 6

Elective List

Choose a minimum of FOUR from the following. At least THREE must be at 300 level.

ENGL131 Australian Fiction and Film 6
CACW104 Text and Context 6
ENGL272 Introduction to Poetry 6
ENGL273 Adaptions 6
ENGL275 US Literature 6
ENGL277 World Literatures6
ENGL278 Scrolls Books and Blogs: The History of Books and Readers 6
ENGL279 Exploring Popular Literature 6
CACW231 Writing, Representation and Power 6
CACW232 Writing and Critical Theory 6
ENGL300 Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature 6
ENGL361 The Modernists 6
ENGL378 Special Topic in English Literature 6
ENGL379 Desiring Bodies: Gender & Sexuality in Literature & Film 6
ENGL381 Animals and Ecology in Literature and Film 6
ENGL384 Literature and Money 6
ENGL385 *Literature and Critical Thought 6
LANG335 Literature and Society in Renaissance Europe 6

Click on subject codes in the above table for information on sessions of offer for each subject. To find out specific information on timetables, tutorials, and classes, visit the Timetable page.

*Students interested in Honours are strongly encouraged to complete ENGL385 Literature and Critical Thought

Minor Study

A 24 credit point minor in English Literatures is available. Information can be found on the 2020 General Schedule of Minors page.

Students cannot complete both a major and minor in English Literatures. 

Work Integrated Learning

Undertaking a work integrated learning experience during your university education is now a significant contributor to being competitive in securing employment in your field of choice when you graduate from UOW.

The internship program provides students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their degree in a workplace setting.

Students are also encouraged to consider CRLP200 'Career Ready Learning and Practice' (6cp). CRLP200 includes a quality assured workplace internship or industry project to give you that competitive edge by developing your professional skills through authentic learning in a real world context. You will focus on your career goals and receive career direction guidance, strengthen your resume and gain skills to navigate the rapidly changing world of work, develop your communication skills and begin to build a professional network.


See Bachelor of Arts (Honours).

Students interested in Honours are strongly encouraged to complete ENGL385 Literature and Critical Thought

Other Information

For further information email: askuow@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 23 July, 2020