Subject Descriptions - Subject Information

Calendar: 2019 Undergraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
Department: School of the Arts, English and Media

COSMOS mastered subject: Version 2000.01

Subject Information
Subject Code ENGL381
Subject Name Animals and Ecology in Literature and Film
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites 24cp at 200 level including 12cp ENGL
Co-Requisites None.
Restrictions None.
Equivalence None.
Assessment 1. Essay - Reflective Critical Essay (1500 words) 30% 2. Essay - Research Essay (2500 words) 40% 3. Journal/Blog - Response journal (1500 words) 30%
General Subject Yes.
EFTSL (Non Weighted) 0.125
Non Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Pre-1997 Pre-2005 Post-2005 Post-2008 Post-2009 Post-2010
$ 820  $ 820  $ 820  $ 820  $ 820  $ 820 
Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
1771-Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Direct Entry)
1777-Bachelor of Laws (Direct Entry)
1827-Bachelor of International Studies - Bachelor of Laws
1845-Bachelor of Information Technology - Bachelor of Laws
1852-Bachelor of Business Information Systems - Bachelor of Laws
760-Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies - Bachelor of Laws
770-Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)
771-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
771H-Course information not Found
772-Bachelor of Creative Arts - Bachelor of Laws
773-Bachelor of Commerce - Bachelor of Laws
774-Bachelor of Mathematics - Bachelor of Laws
775-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775H-Course information not Found
775M-Course information not Found
776-Bachelor of Computer Science - Bachelor of Laws
778-Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology-Bachelor of Laws
779-Bachelor of Engineering - Bachelor of Laws
858-Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Laws
Work Experience No
Tutorial Enrolment Information None.

Subject Availability
Session Autumn  (04-03-2019 to 27-06-2019)
Campus Wollongong
Delivery Method On Campus
Instance Name Class 1
Quota 50
Course Restrictions No restrictions
Contact Hours 1hr lecture, 2hr tutorials per week
Lecturer(s) and
Cons. times
Michael Griffiths
Coordinator(s) and
Cons. times
Michael Griffiths
Instance Comment  
Census Date 31-03-2019

Subject Description
Susan McHugh asks: [h]ow do animal agents appear in literature, and with what material effects on the world around them? This subject examines the the representation of non-human animals and the natural world in order to ask questions about representation itself. When we think about nonhuman animals we are asking questions about the human and its beyond, drawing in questions of race, gender class and the politics of difference. Asking questions about nonhuman representation asks us to consider the material effects of literary techniques from allegory to realism. The subject might examine these questions through prose fiction, poetry, drama, the literary essay and film texts from the early modern period to the twenty-first century. Similarly, the subject might address philosophical and ethical writings about the ethics and politics of the nonhuman and the refraction of these texts in literary terms.

Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Understand the cultural, social and political context of scientific debates and debates about non-human animals and the environment
2. Identify and interpret texts that emerge from and reflect the context of ecological change and animality
3. Apply this identification and interpretation of texts of ecology through practices of analytic writing
4. Reflect on these texts and contexts through the critical reflection task
5. Apply these reflections in analytical writing tasks

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