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English Major


English prepares students to enter the world of work as a rigorous reader, compelling writer, effective speaker and an engaged, respectful world citizen - all marketable skills of a leader.

Students develop a high level of transferable English language skills, along with a thorough understanding of human nature, through the breadth and depth of their reading.




Mount Lawley


South West (Bunbury)


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Learning Outcomes

  1. Adapt knowledge and skills in English to interpret literature in diverse contexts.
  2. Apply creative thinking and innovation to generate and evaluate complex ideas and provide sustainable solutions to contemporary challenges.
  3. Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge with depth and understanding of the conceptual frameworks, terminologies and literary theories applicable to English.
  4. Demonstrate initiative and judgement to plan, solve problem and investigate the interaction between literature, society and culture.
  5. Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning.
  6. Exercise critical thinking and judgement to identify and solve problems of conflicting beliefs and logistical parameters, including the English language.
  7. Identify, review, analyse and synthesise knowledge to examine literature as a product of particular times and places.


English Major Discipline Units
Unit Code Unit TitleCredit Points
Students must complete the following five units (75 credit points):
ENG1140Discovering Literature15
ENG1050Literature and Social Change15
ENG1060English Grammar for Professionals15
ENG2470Children, Youth and Global Media15
ENG2180Comedy and Tragedy in Drama15
PLUS Students must select four units (60 credit points) from the following:
ENG3050 ^Poetry and Passion15
ENG3175 ^Jane Austen: Past and Present15
ENG3140 ^From Fiction to Film15
ENG3165 ^Australian Fiction15
ENG3170 ^Diverse Voices in Literature15
WRT3120 ^Biographical and Autobiographical Writing15
Non-Disciplinary Units
Unit Code Unit TitleCredit Points
Students must complete the following unit (15 credit points):
BRO1000iTalk@ECU: Presentation Skills15
PLUS Students must select two units (30 credit points) from the following:
JOU2111 ^Introduction to Journalism15
CMM2115 ^Cultural Matrix15
CMM2124 ^Media and Nation15
CMM3115 ^Global Communications15
MST3151 ^Media and Identity15

^ Core Option

Employment Opportunities

The major successfully prepares the graduate for a diverse range of careers requiring communication skills, critical thinking and considered analysis.

Possible future job titles

Author, Biographer, Government Adviser, Journalist, Overseas Aid Worker, Politician, Press Secretary, Public Servant, Publicist, Publisher, Community Service Professional, Marketing Manager

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