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Subject details

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.
    • Defining and Exploring the Zeitgeist
    • Understanding Genre
    • Creative Nonfiction: How to appreciate the Zeitgeist
    • The personal essay
    • Reaction and Research: How to approach complex topics
    • Writing Reviews and Blogs
    • Online Portfolio
    • Writing about Arts and Sport
    • Writing Advocacy
    • Decoding Spin
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

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


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 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. 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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  • Essay (30%)
  • Review blog (30%)
  • Genre Investigation (40%)

Textbooks are not required.

Textbook information is pending.

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