The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This critical and creative course studies the modes and practices of true crime writing.


Not currently offered.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. demonstrate a detailed knowledge of a diverse range of true crime texts

2. demonstrate an understanding of the genres and modes of true crime writing in terms of their formal features and cultural meanings

3. demonstrate the translation of this knowledge and understanding into their own practice of true crime writing


A critical and creative study of the field of true crime writing and the contexts in which it is produced. The course analyses a number of genres and modes of true crime writing (including memoir, autobiography, reportage and the new journalism) and their relationship to legal, literary and ethical issues, in order to facilitate the students' own textual practice within the field.

Assumed knowledge

Assumed knowledge for ENGL3001 is 20 units of English courses at 1000 level

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Essays / Written Assignments

Participation: Group/tutorial participation and contribution