Reading and Writing - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1
  • Availability for 2017: SP1
  • Assessment: Assignments - 60%-70% , Online Discussion - 30%-40%

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,810.00
Domestic continuing 2,203.00
International 3,060.00
International continuing 2,453.00

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This unit focuses on the relationship between literary theories and how we write. It guides students through the production of a piece of writing that employs a theoretical lens of the student’s choice.

Please note: assessment values are indicative only, details will be advised at the start of the unit.

After successfully completing this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Identify, critically evaluate, and analytically reflect on the theories and methodologies of literary and creativity theory relevant to writing and reading practice
  2. Demonstrate a high level of reflexivity in evaluating which theoretical approaches to reading and writing can be applied to their own writing and critically analyse the choices of theory by their classmates 
  3. Generate a piece of writing that applies the complex knowledge, skills and methods of literary theory to a narrative or document and demonstrate a mastery of specific elements of writing practice.
  • Assignments — 60%-70%
  • Online Discussion — 30%-40%

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:

  • LPW600 — Reading and Writing

Students must first complete the 4 units comprising the Graduate Certificate of Arts (Writing), or equivalent thereof, before enrolling in this unit.

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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Reading as a Writer
2Journaling as a writer and reader
3Theories of Creativity
4Literary theory (eg formalism, new criticism)
5Critical and Cultural theory
6Case studies on using theory to enrich writing

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is a core requirement 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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