Advanced Studies in English and Writing

Description

This course is the culmination of the courses in the English and Writing major. It will consolidate and enhance the skills and knowledge that students have acquired so far, and prepare them to advance to Honours and further studies if they so desire. They may specialise in either English or Creative Writing. Students choosing English will engage with contemporary issues and debates in literary studies while students opting for Creative Writing will explore contemporary writing practice and theory. Students from both streams will be exposed to advanced research methods and will learn to contextualise their own work in the field. They will be asked to undertake an advanced research or writing project that demonstrates in-depth understanding of the critical/creative issues involved.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate awareness of contemporary debates and issues in English or Creative Writing;

2. Acquire advanced interpretive skills in comprehension of contemporary theory and practice in English or Creative Writing;

3. Demonstrate the ability to conduct research independently, and to express clear and informed arguments, orally and in writing, on aspects of English or Creative Writing;

4. Demonstrate skills in writing an extended analytic essay or creative project demonstrating engagement with and knowledge of a chosen topic or theme at the advanced undergraduate level;

5. Display awareness of the research-led writing process in English or Creative Writing.

Content

This course will build on the critical and creative skills acquired in undergraduate English and Writing courses. Students may specialise in either English or Creative Writing. Students from both streams will be exposed to advanced research methods and learn to contextualise their own work in the field. Students choosing English will engage with contemporary issues and debates in Literary Studies while those opting for Creative Writing will explore contemporary writing theory and practice. English students will learn deep critical engagement with the chosen genre or author/s, learning to balance theoretical approach with close reading of texts; the Creative Writing stream will undertake practice-led research approach to writing, and be exposed to contemporary genres, texts and authors. In both streams students will be tested on their understanding of the chosen field or topic in an extended essay/project.

Assumed Knowledge

ENGL1000 and ENGL2000

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Written assessments

Presentation: Oral Presentation

Participation: Participation

Contact Hours

Forum

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Seminar

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term