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Undergraduate | CUR-PWP220-2023
Tricks of Truth and Authenticity
Examine real-world hoaxes and cases of fraud or false identity in publications. Consider a gamut of cultural, ethical and legal issues when writing. Tackle copyright and plagiarism. Champion the value of truth in your professional writing practice.
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- 29 May 2023
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What you'll learn
At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- analyse and communicate the implications of historical and contemporary controversies over truth and authenticity in publishing
- examine the role of cultural difference in issues of authenticity and deception in writing
- evaluate the cultural, ethical and legal issues entailed in writing for publication.
- Introduction to truth and authenticity in writing
- Authorial identity
- Copying the copy: authenticity and post-modernity
- Authorising networks
- Author and authenticity: representing authorial identity
- Anonymity and pseudonymity
- Hoaxes, pranks and stunts
- Free speech and censorship
This subject was previously known as Writing, Deception and Authenticity.
This subject 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.
Please Note: If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.
Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.
- Presentation (25%)
- Short essay (30%)
- Long essay (45%)
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Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following degrees
Bachelor of Arts (Digital and Social Media) (Professional Writing and Publishing)
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