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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Writing within the Zeitgeist
    • Personal essay and creative non-fiction
    • Writing for the web
    • Writing the report
    • Writing about music
    • Writing about film and TV
    • Writing the gallery and museum
    • Writing for a cause
    • Writing about sports
    • Zine writing and DIY publishing
    • Spin and sins of the times
    • Concluding the Zeitgeist?
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Blog
      • Chat Rooms
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
      • Wikis

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

  1. identify and describe the characteristics of selected written genres, forms and styles that reflect the Zeitgeist
  2. experiment with a variety of writing techniques, genres and forms
  3. critically analyse the influence of these genres, forms and styles in contemporary everyday life
  4. evaluate the role and significance of written genres and styles in creating and reflecting the spirit of the times.
  • Assignment 1 - Essay (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Review blog (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Genre Investigation (40%)

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

No special requirements

This subject introduces you to the role and significance of writing in creating and reflecting the spirit of the times and examines relevant genres. You will explore, analyse and experiment with a range of written forms and topics including: writing for arts industries, creative non-fiction and personal essay, opinion and reviews, various modes of writing for the internet, sports writing, advocacy, zine writing and report writing. The aim of the subject is to provide you with a critical understanding of the influence of writing in contemporary life, to provide practice in writing in a variety of forms and to enhance awareness of changing genres, styles and issues.

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