Subject details

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

  1. Understand a range of historical, cultural and material contexts of the production and consumption of written text.
  2. Investigate technologies of writing and their impact on writing and reading practices.
  3. Engage reflectively with different forms of writing in the context of students’ lived experience and environment.
  4. Develop critical and awareness of students’ own reading and writing practices.
  5. Develop skills in different forms of writing and be able to apply them appropriately to their contexts.
    • A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
    • Print materials

      • Book of readings

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

MAQ-ENGX121-Creative Writing 1: An Introduction

Special requirements

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    Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

This subject's focus is on writing as practice, craft and function in historical and cultural contexts of reading and writing. What have changes in writing conventions, technologies, and distribution or publication output meant for ways in which writing is read and received? The contemporary age is one of radical changes in ways of thinking about writing and reading texts, but writing practices also have historical and cultural foundations that may be applied in new ways in digital, paper and creative environments. Reading practices too, are changing in the digital age, but there have always been different approaches to reading that have affected our choices and understanding of writing practices. Students will consider the contexts, practices and process of their own writing and reading in relation to wider cultural and historical influences, both past and present. Assessment for this subject aims to develop students' critical, reflective and research skills in factual and creative writing.

  • Reflective Writing Exercise (10%)
  • Writing Process Task (30%)
  • Embedded Writing Task (40%)
  • Participation (20%)

Textbook information is pending.

Related degrees

undergraduate MAQ-ART-DEG-2019

Bachelor of Arts

  • Major in Ancient History
  • Major in English
  • Major in Modern History
  • Major in Philosophy
  • Major in Politics
  • Major in Society and Culture
  • Major in Sociology
  • Major in Creative Writing