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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Authorial identity
    • Authenticity and post-modernity
    • Authorising networks
    • Representing authorial identity
    • Anonymity and pseudonymity
    • Hoaxes, stunts and pranks
    • Defamation
    • Copyright
    • Plagiarism
    • The future of the book etc
    • *Note: Topics are sometimes altered in response to student feedback and to reflect changes and new
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Blog
      • Chat Rooms
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links

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

  1. analyse and communicate the implications of historical and contemporary controversies over truth and authenticity in publishing
  2. examine 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.
  • Assignment 1 - Presentation and Evaluation (40%)
  • Assignment 2 - Short essays (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Research essay (30%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - Audio/Visual equipment

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.

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