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English and Creative Writing (BA)

  • B1316; B1316ABACHELOR OF ARTS

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Title English and Creative Writing (BA)
Course Code B1316; B1316A
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
School School of Arts
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Academic Chair: Dr Simone Lazaroo | Email: S.Lazaroo@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 7601

Qualification Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English and Creative Writing
Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Murdoch campus (external)
Description English and Creative Writing offers students excellent opportunities to develop critical, conceptual and creative skills in order to become incisive thinkers, adept readers and imaginative writers. Students engage with a wide range of literary, theoretical, dramatic, and other texts, from the Renaissance to the present day, enabling them to hone their capacity for reflection and analysis. They will develop the ability to write a diverse range of literary and related genres. Upon completion of the major, graduates will be skilled in methods of critical analysis and argument; fluent in oral and written expression; and confident in their ability to undertake critical and/or creative work.
In the Bachelor of Arts you will develop a broad understanding of your field and proficiency in producing written and oral arguments and creative artefacts in response to social, human and natural phenomena. You will also develop a critical appreciation of the perspectives of others. As an Arts graduate you will be able to think critically and creatively, apply knowledge and information, and communicate effectively. These are professional skills which are critical across a range of industries. You will also be able to pursue further study in the fields of social research, the humanities and/or the creative arts.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings As per normal undergraduate admission requirements.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Special Requirements There may be a reduction in choice of units if completing this course in the external mode.
Major Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
Students graduating with a Major in English and Creative Writing will be able to:
* Demonstrate a broad understanding of literary and other text-based genres from one or more historical periods
* Recognise the role as well as the critical and creative value of literature and other text-based genres, and of diverse reading and writing practices in specific historical, cultural and political contexts
* Develop thorough knowledge of language and of writing techniques to express themselves analytically, creatively and persuasively.

SKILLS
Students graduating with a Major in English and Creative Writing will have the skills to:
* Read and critically evaluate literary and other text-based materials from different genres and historical and social contexts
* Research, plan and write analytically, interpretively and imaginatively in a range of critical and creative genres and styles
* Communicate, both orally and in writing, ideas and arguments suited to a range of different genres and audiences.

APPLICATION
Students graduating with a Major in English and Creative Writing will have the knowledge and skills to:
* Produce professional, academic, creative and imaginative texts in diverse genres, modes and styles
* Interpret, communicate and present knowledge and ideas through texts designed to address specific purposes and readers
* Draw on skills and knowledge of literary and other texts in responding to a range of social and ethical issues
* Understand and apply the skills of literary and textual analysis.
Course Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
CLO1 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of
a) The theoretical perspectives and methods of enquiry of a discipline
b) The diversity of social, human and natural phenomena and the multiple perspectives (including inter-disciplinary perspectives) which can be brought to bear in social and creative enquiry
c) Global perspectives including an awareness of and respect for the historical, social, biological, cultural, and economic interdependence of global life

SKILLS
CLO 2 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts are effective communicators who demonstrate
a) proficiency in producing written arguments and/or creative artefacts consistent with the norms and standards of a discipline
b) capacity for persuasive oral communication appropriate to a range of audiences
CLO3 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts gather, synthesise and critically evaluate ideas and information from a range of sources demonstrating
a) analytical, creative and conceptual thinking
b) a variety of methods for research and practice appropriate to the discipline

APPLICATION
CLO 4 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts demonstrate confidence and competence in applying knowledge and skills to practice through
a) a capacity for self-directed independent enquiry
b) critical self-reflection
c) creative problem solving
d) a global perspective incorporating an appreciation of cultural and disciplinary differences
CLO 5 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts have well developed interpersonal and collaborative skills including the demonstrated capacity to
a) give and receive critical feedback
b) work effectively within team environments
c) respect the thoughts and opinions of others
CLO 6 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts demonstrate ethical thinking and practice through social and creative enquiry which recognises diversity and the rights and perspectives of others
Employment Prospects Depending on the particular make-up of the degree, graduates in English and Creative Writing would be well prepared for employment in several of the following professions: advertising, design, teaching, public administration, journalism, publishing, computer arts, and many fields of business.
Recommended Double Majors History; Philosophy; Theatre and Drama
Excluded Minors Creative Writing
Languages and Writing Skills English and Creative Writing students are strongly encouraged to study another language, such as Indonesian, Japanese, Biblical Hebrew and New Testament Greek, all offered by Murdoch University, or another language studied cross-institutionally. Students are also encouraged to include a writing unit in their selection of a general elective at either Part I or Part II.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 72 credit points

Part I - 24 credit points

Year 1 - 24 credit points

Transition Unit - 3 credit points

BAR100 Academic Learning Skills - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Breadth Unit for Degree - 3 credit points

BAR150 Ideas and Identity - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 6 credit points

EGL121 Turning Points in Literature - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

EGL122 Writing and Creativity - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

General Electives - 12 credit points

Select from any 100-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Part II - 48 credit points

University-Wide Breadth Units - 6 credit points  Unit List

Select from the prescribed list of University-Wide Breadth Units. A unit cannot be used to satisfy both this Breadth Unit requirement and the requirements of a major or minor. If taken at 100 level the unit(s) will be attributed to Part I. Note that no more than 30 credit points at Part I may be credited towards course completion requirements.

Year 2 - 21 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

The Research Skills unit to be taken will depend on the student's Primary Major enrolment. Select from the following.

For Primary Major in Social and Developmental Psychology

BSC201 Psychology: Measurement, Design and Analysis - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

For All Other Primary Majors

BAR200 Developing Research Skills and Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Unit - 3 credit points

EGL252 Great Books Past and Present 1 - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

Specified Electives - 6 credit points

Select from the Specified Elective Unit List below.

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Year 3 - 21 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

The Research Skills unit to be taken will depend on the student's Primary Major enrolment. Select from the following.

For Primary Major in Social and Developmental Psychology

BSC302 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

For All Other Primary Majors

BAR300 Advanced Research in the Arts - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Unit - 3 credit points

EGL345 Great Books Past and Present 2 - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

Specified Electives - 6 credit points

Select from the Specified Elective Unit List below.

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Specified Elective Unit List

Select Specified Electives from the following units during Years 2 and 3, subject to individual unit prerequisites. At least two units must be at 300 level.

EGL220 Project in Creative Writing - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

EGL233 Telling True Stories - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

EGL346 Literary Theory - 3 points
Not available this year

EGL232 Professional Writing and Editing - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

EGL230 Popular Literature and Science Fiction - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

EGL235 Australian Literature and Film - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

EGL344 Sonnet to Song: Understanding Poetry - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

EGL343 Contemporary Fiction Writing - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

EGL348 Shakespeare - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

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