Reading and Writing Australian Biography

Course code HIST2668
Not available in 2015


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a range of contexts through reading and discussion of how these texts were constructed and how they can be read as historical documents.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

Learning Outcomes

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.


  • 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: Essays / Written Assignments

Contact Hours



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


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