Tricks of Truth and Authenticity - 2016

Unit summary

GPWP520

  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: SP2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Presentation (20%) , Assignment 2 - Peer Feedback (10%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
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Domestic 2,450.00
International 2,700.00

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into the course Graduate Diploma in Professional Communication.

This unit was previously known as GPWP520 Writing Deception and Authenticity.

This unit explores issues of truth and authenticity in professional writing and publishing, providing students with an understanding of the cultural, ethical and legal issues of writing for publication. Historical and contemporary cases of fraud, faked identity, plagiarism, hoax, the role of the author and the blurring of genre boundaries are used to highlight the professional and personal responsibilities and dilemmas of writing and publishing in the public domain.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. analyse and communicate the issues and professional outcomes of a number of relevant historical and contemporary principles, cases and scandals
  2. examine and critique the role of cultural difference in issues of authenticity and deception in writing
  3. evaluate the cultural, ethical and legal issues entailed in writing for publication
  4. undertake significant research into authorial identity and the cultural and ethical implications of contemporary modes of publishing and communicate the findings in an appropriate style and genre.
  • Assignment 1 — Presentation (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Peer Feedback (10%)
  • Assignment 3 — Research Essay (40%)
  • Assignment 4 — Online Literary Blog (30%)

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into the course Graduate Diploma in Professional Communication.

  • Audio/Visual equipment
  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1Introduction to truth, ethics and authenticity in writing
2Authorial identity
3Truth, authenticity and post-modernity
4The case of Helen Demidenko/Darville
5Cultural identity: can anyone be Aboriginal?
6Anonymity
7Hoaxes, stunts and pranks
8Defamation
9Copyright
10Plagiarism
11The future of 'the book', copyright and authorial identity
12*Note: Topics are sometimes altered in response to student feedback and to reflect changes and new information in the field.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Blogs
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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