Genre Writing - 2018

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem2
  • Availability for 2018: Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (20%) , Assignment 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 809.00
HECS 820.00
International 1,059.00

This unit was previously known as CLT340 Genre Writing.

Our experience of texts, whether it's the way we create them, read them, talk about them or shop for them, is mediated by the categories of genre. Genre distributes texts in hierarchies, labels our tastes and determines the identity of sub-cultural movements and peer groups. Both a map of classical learning and of the local book or video store, genre determines what we expect when we approach any text. Genre is thus simultaneously a taxonomy and a social contract, both classifying texts and defining the relationships that cluster round them.
In this unit, we study the theory of genre and some particular genres, from romance and detective fiction through to blogging and fan fiction, in order to link our relationship to genre as writers. 

In short: This is hands on exploration of genre writing, but also a chance for fans to play with creation, and creators to use theory to help understand their practice. There’s lots of opportunity for analysis, practice and questioning why writers do what they do, looking at the effect their cultural practice has on readers and other writers.

At the completion of this unit students have developed the following skills:

  1. Identify, analyse and evaluate key genre markers and discourse.
  2. Develop research and writing skills that will enable students to write genre pieces.
  3. Demonstrate critical skills, informed by cultural theories, that enable students to evaluate genre writing using appropriate academic frameworks.
  • Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 (30%)
  • Assignment 3 (50%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • CLT340 — Genre Writing

This unit addresses the following topics.

1What is genre?
2Mixing genres
3Transgressing/transgressive genres
5Detective fiction
6Gothic fiction and vampirism
7Autobiography and the blog
8Fan fiction

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  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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