Not currently offered

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The short story is a unique creative form. This subject endeavours to introduce students to short fiction from a range of genres, time periods, and cultures. The subject approaches the short story in both a critical and creative way. Students are asked to engage critically with the rich history and contemporary examples of short fiction, in addition, students will produce their own creative responses to texts studied. The short stories studied in this subject will be available online via the library website. This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential. Innovation and Entrepreneurship entails developing the ability to tackle problems creatively, generating new ideas, taking calculated risks and creating change to achieve ambitions - now and in the future.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDamien Barlow

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesLectures, tutorials, online activities, critical writing exercises and creative writing assessments

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the history of the short story in various genres, time periods and cultures.
02. Write a creative short story that is clear, well organised and carefully proof read.
03. Ability to identify and contextualise theoretical concepts in secondary readings and incorporate secondary readings meaningfully into their critical and creative works.
04. Demonstrate basic critical and theoretical concepts and terminology in the analysis of literary texts and in their own creative work.
05. Ability to analyse passages of literary texts and their own creative work through close reading.

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