Reading and Writing Australian Biography

Course code HIST2668Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

In this course students explore biography from a range of contexts through reading and discussion of how these texts were constructed and how they can be read as historical documents.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course students will be expected to demonstrate:
1. Knowledge and understanding of the genre of biography and its social and cultural positioning in Australia;
2. Depth of knowledge and understanding of various forms of biography and the ways in which these are constructed and used;
3. Skills in critically reading social and cultural biography;
4. Knowledge and understanding of the place of biography in Australian social and cultural contexts;
5. Skills in research and communication appropriate to advanced undergraduate level.
Content* the genre of biography
* the social functions of biography in Australia
* forms of biography--literary, historical, life history, political, feminist, indigenous
* writers, publishers, magazines
* using biography in hybrid genres
Replacing Course(s)SOCA3668 Reading and Writing Australian Biography (previously HUMA3668)
TransitionStudents who have previously completed SOCA3668 or HUMA3668 Reading and Writing Australian Biography are not permitted to enrol in HIST2668
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge20 units at 1000 level, including The Australian Experience OR Introduction to Creative Writing OR Fiction, Drama, Film: An Introduction OR equivalent.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsA number of written assignments that might include minor or major essays, tutorial papers, short articles, book reviews, pamphlets, bibliographies, and/or in-class tests totalling 5,000 words (100%).
Contact HoursSeminar: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term