I've done ARTS2035 (American Literature) and loved it! From my experience it seems pretty easy to pass as long as you do read some of the texts haha and enjoy writing essays
The assessments from memory were: (1) 1000 word essay on either a poem or a short story (2) Major essay 2500 words on 2 texts with heaps of good questions to choose from (3) Final essay - originally to be an exam but got changed to a take-home exam so hopefully that stays! It was 2 separate essays so you'd write each essay on one text- again a variety of questions to choose from and they were quite broad/easy!
I think there's only one teacher (Julian) who was very passionate about the subject and knew what he was teaching. Mildly keen for class participation in tutes but there was no mark for it and he wouldn't pick on anyone
I'm pretty sure lectures were 'compulsory' but I don't recall there was a roll so you could most probably skip them unlike other English subjects!
Overall really enjoyable subject with easy assessments compared to other subjects
Good luck! Feel free to PM with any other questions