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Subject details

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.
    • 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
    • Copyright
    • Defamation
    • Plagiarism
    • Free speech and censorship
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Blog
      • Chat Rooms
      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links

Others

Note: Level 2 subjects normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 subjects or other relevant experience.

Special requirements

No special requirements

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%)
  • Personal essay (30%)
  • Research essay (45%)

Textbook information is pending.

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