Courses in Screens, Languages, English and Writing

We offer a range of study options from open access courses through to PhD research. Explore a sample below.

FutureLearn Open Access Online Courses

Undergraduate Degree Level Courses 

The courses below are taught on a rotation in the areas of English & Writing, Film, Media & Cultural Studies, as well as Language Studies in French, German and Japanese. Courses feature prominently in the Bachelor of Arts, the Diploma in Languages as well as a number of other programs at the University of Newcastle. Please click the links for further details.

Postgraduate Taught Degree Level Courses

Honours Degree Level Courses

The Bachelor of Arts Honours degree provides students with high levels of proficiency in their previous Arts degree (GPA 5.0 and above) with the opportunity to take their studies to an advanced level. Many students take Honours simply because they want to keep studying our key areas of Film, Media and Cultural Studies, English and Writing, French and Japanese. However, Honours also provides students with credentials testifying to their ability to engage in high-quality independent study and is a necessary preparation for their careers as well as postgraduate study.

Semester one begins with two courses, HASS4000 BA Research and for students in our cluster’s research areas,HASS4002 BA Theory and Practice in Screens, Languages, English and Writing. Both courses are available on Callaghan’s campus and via Zoom video conferencing. Then in semester two students enroll in their chosen thesis courses. These give students the opportunity to put the skills they have acquired into practice in the form of a substantial 15,000 word research-driven project. This can be in one of three formats: 1) Scholarly; 2) Work-Integrated Learning; and, 3) Creative/Digital. In the Screens, Languages, English and Writing cluster, we offer Bachelor of Arts Honours pathways in four areas:

  • Film, Media and Cultural Studies (FMCS4030 Thesis 1 and FMCS4040 Thesis 2) allow students to focus on carefully selected theories and methods in the process of analysing practices, institutions, systems, texts and experiences of contemporary life as played out within the fields of film, media and culture. Sample theses include:
    • Queer Action Heroes
    • A Systems View of Advertising Creativity
    • Writing Identity: The Limits of Sex and Gender in Second Life
    • One is Not Born, but Rather Becomes, a “Geek”: How Homosociality and Reflexivity Shape the Performance of Geek Masculinity in The Big Bang Theory
    • Making Fans in Japan
    • ”What Would You Prefer?”: Managing Fandom in Multi-Platform Narratives
  • English and Writing (ENGL4090 English Thesis 1 and ENGL4100 English Thesis 2) offers students the chance to complete an independent critical or creative project on a topic of their own choice. Sample theses include:
    • Putting Humpty back on the wall: why aren’t we talking about nursery rhymes in the digital age?
    • Myth in Hope Mirrlees's Lud-in-the-Mist
    • “Two Hours North”: How the liminality of a regional setting impacts on queer identity  - short fiction
    • Kâao Nôk Naa - Rice outside the paddy fields: Illegitimacy, family secrets and Third Culture Kids in Thailand  - a memoir
    • “Tarare”: cannibalism and medicine during the French Revolution - a historical fiction
    • Better is Relative - story sequence based on fairy tales
  • French (FREN4170 French Thesis 1 and FREN4180 French Thesis 2) courses allow students to further their written and spoken French skills or to focus more specifically on their chosen area study while increasing their reading comprehension skills in French. This means that students can choose to write their thesis in French or in English. Sample theses include:
    • Novels of Amélie Nothomb (in French)
    • Le petit sauvage by Alexandre Jardin (in French)
    • French politician Ségolène Royal (in French)
    • Armance by Stendhal (in English)
  • Japanese (JAPN4170 Japanese Thesis 1 and JAPN4180 Japanese Thesis 2) offer students the opportunity to undertake advanced study in Japanese that involves research in the fields of language, society and culture, using Japanese language source materials.

HDR Research

Our staff supervise a range of research thesis topics for Ph.D. and M.Phil. degrees in their specialist areas of expertise. Further details on applying to the University of Newcastle’s higher research degrees can be found here. We encourage students to discuss criteria and topics with their potential supervisors well in advance of their application. We offer PhD and Master by Research pathways in four areas: Film, Media and Cultural Studies, English and Writing, French, and Japanese. Applications are invited in the following areas:

English and Writing

  • Detective Fiction
  • Theory and History of the Novel
  • 19th Century Literature
  • Comparative Literature
  • Renaissance Literature
  • Women's Writings
  • Literary Computing
  • Indigenous Literature
  • Modern and Contemporary British/ American Literature
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Critical Theory
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Contemporary Australian and World Poetry
  • Popular Culture
  • Children's Literature
  • Fantasy Literature
  • Creative Writing (Literary Nonfiction, Short Fiction, Novel and Poetry)

Film, Media and Cultural Studies

  • Film theory and history
  • Television studies
  • Gender and sexuality in the media
  • Popular music and culture
  • European cinema
  • The Internet and social media
  • Postcolonial studies
  • Contemporary world cinema
  • Race and ethnicity in media cultures
  • Identity and taste in consumer culture
  • Media structures and institutions
  • New media technologies

French Studies

  • Crime Fiction (French and Anglo-Saxon), especially the Série Noire
  • Translation projects, both practical and theoretical
  • Twentieth-/twenty-first century French literature, especially the works of Boris Vian

Japanese Studies

  • Japanese studies in general
  • intellectual and cultural history
  • military history
  • social history
  • classical and modern literature
  • Japan's relations with East and Southeast Asia.