Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject we address one of the big subjects of our time. Many in the West today feel confronted by a crisis of meaning, wondering what they should do with their lives, and why. They seek metaphysical answers. On the one hand, traditional religious institutions have become irrelevant to most; on the other, much modern activity displays a kind of secular religious quest. We will examine the social and cultural climate in the West that has produced a prevailing sense of rootlessness, futility and disenchantment, and go on to explore some of the domains in which 're-enchantment' is being sought. We will focus on works of literature, art and film which seek to understand the nature of individual being, and the truths that may illuminate it.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJohn Carroll

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of 1st year English or HUS1PWR


Incompatible subjects ENG3CRM, SOC2CRM, SOC3CRM

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsLady Chatterley's LoverPrescribedLawrence D. H.,N/A
ReadingsSubject reader available from the BookshopPrescribedEnglishN/A
ReadingsThe Great GatsbyPrescribedF.Scott FitzgeraldPENGUIN EDITION

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJohn Carroll

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
One 2000 word essay50
One 2000 word essay in lieu of examination50