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Certificate of Achievement

Randal Oulton

has completed the following course:

Classic Detective Fiction

The University of Newcastle Australia

This short online course delved deep into the evolution of the crime fiction genre from the early nineteenth century to the present day with a focus on detective novels. The topics covered included how these novels shaped the way we think about reading from the UK, US, Australia and beyond.

3 weeks, 3 hours per week

Professor John Fischetti

Pro Vice-Chancellor (College of Human and Social Futures)

The University of Newcastle Australia


Learning outcomes

  • Discuss the history of crime fiction and some of the key crime fiction subgenres.
  • Explore the key formal, thematic and contextual characteristic of individual crime fiction texts.
  • Investigate crime fiction texts in relation to their genre and the idea of genre evolution.


  • The early history of detective fiction
  • Detective fiction sub-genres
  • Reading detective fiction
  • Plots and narrative structures
  • Classic detective fiction devices

Issued on 12th March 2021

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Free online course:

Classic Detective Fiction

The University of Newcastle Australia