The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


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from a range of contexts through reading and discussion of how these texts were constructed and how they can be read as historical documents.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 currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2018.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the genre of biography and its social and cultural positioning in Australia;

2. Demonstrate depth of knowledge and understanding of various forms of biography and the ways in which these are constructed and used;

3. Demonstrate skills in critically reading social and cultural biography;

4. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the place of biography in Australian social and cultural contexts;

5. Demonstrate skills in research and communication appropriate to advanced undergraduate level.


  • 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

Assumed knowledge

20 units at 1000 level, including The Australian Experience OR Introduction to Creative Writing OR Fiction, Drama, Film: An Introduction OR equivalent.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Short critique/review

Essay: Major essay

Participation: Tutorial participation