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ENL3000 Modern Literature

Semester 1, 2014 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Arts and Communication

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Examiner: Jessica Gildersleeve
Moderator: Lawrence Johnson


Pre-requisite: 3 units of English Literature

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.
This course should be completed during the student's last year in the program.


ENL3000 Modern Literature provides students with advanced content knowledge of a key period in the history of English Literature, covering both literary and critical materials. Students will engage with key critical debates in examination of literature of the early twentieth century.


This course will introduce students to English and European literatures of the early twentieth century. It will examine prose and poetry of the Modernist period as a means of framing reading strategies and critical debates. The course also considers the set texts within their socio-historical context.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate advanced academic and professional literacy by explaining key concepts and theoretical issues in the culture of Modernism;
  2. employ advanced cultural literacy in critically evaluating modern literature within its historical and cultural context;
  3. apply skills related to Objectives 1 and 2 to advanced critical reading and practice with consistent use of academic norms underpinning academic integrity;
  4. compose pieces of writing that adhere precisely to disciplinary conventions, specifically tailored to different purposes;
  5. utilise management, planning and organisation skills by improving performance in the second research essay based on feedback from the first;
  6. consistently provide evidence of reflective practice and engagement with peer learning through maintenance of a learning diary.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Theory and practice of Modern Literature 25.00
2. Modernism in historical perspective 25.00
3. Critical reading and theoretical debate 25.00
4. Literature and social history 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Bowen, E 1999, To the North, Vintage Classics, London.
  • Eliot, TS 1964, Selected Poems, Faber, London.
  • Joyce, J 2006, Dubliners, WW Norton, New York.
  • Kafka, F 1992, The transformation and other stories, Penguin, London.
  • Scott-Fitzgerald, F 2005, The Great Gatsby, Penguin Modern Classics, London.
  • Silkin, J (ed) 1981, The Penguin book of first world war poetry, 2nd edn, Penguin, Harmondsworth.
  • Woolf, V 1984, To the Lighthouse, Longmans, Harlow.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Bradbury, M & MacFarlane, J (eds) 1991, Modernism 1890-1930, Penguin, Harmondsworth.
  • Eksteins, M 1989, Rites of spring: the great war and the birth of the modern age, Bantam Press, New York.
  • Ford, B (ed) 1973, The Pelican guide to English literature: the modern age, Penguin, Harmondsworth.
    (Vol 7.)
  • Fussell, P 2000, The Great War and modern memory, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Timms, E & Collier, P (eds) 1988, Visions and blueprints: avant-garde culture and radical politics in early twentieth-century Europe, Manchester University Press, Manchester.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Lectures 13.00
Private Study 126.00
Tutorials or Workshops 26.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
CMA TEST 1 5 5 31 Mar 2014
ESSAY 1 100 40 11 Apr 2014
ESSAY 2 100 40 23 May 2014
LEARNING DIARY 100 10 20 Jun 2014 (see note 1)
CMA TEST 2 5 5 23 Jun 2014

  1. Learning Diary is graded on the basis of extracts submitted at the end of semester.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations for this course, there are no deferred/supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. Students may be assigned an "Incomplete" grade to signify that all the requirements of the course have not yet been met. Students who are graded "I" can pass the course by successfully completing such additional work as prescribed by the examiner by a given date. Students who have been awarded an IM, ISM, IDM or IDB grade must access information regarding further work to be completed, in the Student Centre of U Connect. The Grades Page in the Student Centre contains information about further work to be completed. Students who have not completed the additional work to the satisfaction of the examiner by the given date will receive the appropriate Failing grade.

  11. All students are to submit nominated assignments through Turnitin. Non-compliance with this request could result in assignment marks being withheld. Students should refer to the USQ instructions on how to set up a Turnitin account and submit assignments into Turnitin.

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.

  2. Assignments should be typed and must be double spaced. The new MLA style must be used in documenting all assessment items. See Introductory Book for details.

  3. Tape recording of tutorials and lectures is prohibited except in special cases at the discretion of the examiner.