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ICLS3102: Transit, Transmission, Contagion

How do objects, diseases, bodies, ideas and texts travel across time and space? What emotions and anxieties do their travels entail? How do words narrate the encounters and blending of diverse entities? How are texts themselves transformed by these contacts and reading practices altered? This unit will study the diverse ways in which a variety of literary texts and intermedial artifacts enact crossings and contacts between people, things and ideas. It will explore concepts of transmission and infection, and will entail considerations of language and material culture, race, gender and the environment.


Academic unit International Comparative Literature and Translation Studies
Unit code ICLS3102
Unit name Transit, Transmission, Contagion
Session, year
Semester 2, 2022
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Remote
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

12 credit points at 2000 level from ICLS or English or 12 credit points at 2000 or 3000 level from Arabic Language and Cultures or Chinese Studies or French and Francophone Studies or Germanic Studies or Modern Hebrew or Indonesian Studies or Italian Studies or Japanese Studies or Korean Studies or Modern Greek and Byzantine Studies or Spanish and Latin American Studies
Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Giorgia Alu,
Lecturer(s) Sonia Wilson ,
Benjamin Nickl,
Giorgia Alu,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Presentation Presentation
Individual or group presentation Instructions are available on Canvas site
20% Ongoing 1x equivalent to 1500wd
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Participation Participation
Participation in class through class discussion and preparation of readings
10% Please select a valid week from the list below Participation
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO5
Assignment Textual analysis exercise
Please see Canvas site for instructions
20% Week 09
Due date: 09 Oct 2022 at 23:59
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment Essay Plan
Structuring and writing an Essay Plan
10% Week 11
Due date: 23 Oct 2022 at 23:59
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Assignment Research Essay
Final Research Essay
40% Week 13
Due date: 06 Nov 2022 at 23:59
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

In class participation through preparation of readings and class discussion

Assessment criteria

See Canvas

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Weekly A full programme is available on Canvas Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Situate a range of texts and art works within current debates in cross-cultural translatability and/or transmediality
  • LO2. Compare and analyse different representations of contact zones
  • LO3. Discuss the role of words, images and objects in the transmission of knowledge and cultural practices.
  • LO4. Locate, organise and evaluate a variety of critical sources and deploy these in the construction of a coherent argument
  • LO5. Communicate effectively and ethically using traditional and digital methods

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
The teaching team will discuss classroom practice and student engagement throughout semester and will draw on student evaluations, peer consultation and recent developments in relevant disciplinary areas to review the unit after each iteration


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