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English and Creative Writing (BA)

  • B1356BACHELOR OF ARTS (HUMANITIES)

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Title English and Creative Writing (BA)
Course Code B1356
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
School School of Arts
Academic Contacts http://www.murdoch.edu.au/contacts/academic/school/School_of_Arts
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 The English and Creative Writing major rests on the idea of the centrality of literature as a living cultural practice. Our focus is on the global significance of text as a literary form, broadly understood to include all its variants, from the short story, to the sonnet, from the blog to the bildungsroman, and from pastoral to performance poetry. Understanding the intimate relationship between the literary and the creative, students study English literature while at the same time developing knowledge, skills in critical and creative reflection, and writing practice. Students are therefore required to read, view, listen and write critically, professionally and creatively in response to a wide range of written, visual and other texts.
The Bachelor of Arts at Murdoch is a degree unlike any other in Australia. It embraces new directions in teaching and practice-based learning to train the thinkers and researchers of the 21st century. So many of the biggest and most vital issues we face today are about human society and the human condition. How can we understand who we are, how we want to live, or what kind of society we want to create, without the insights, knowledge and skills provided by the humanities? Our degree is different because we teach our students to put these into practice in a way that is recognised and valued by employers. Our graduates are empowered to be the agile and creative thinkers who will thrive in a rapidly changing world. They are able to think creatively, communicate effectively, manage projects, exercise highly-developed analytical and interpersonal skills, and they possess an in-depth knowledge of contemporary societal issues and trends. These are professional skills which are recognised and valued universally. In short, you can study what you love and get a job too!
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings As per normal undergraduate admission requirements.

English competence.
Special Requirements There may be a reduction of choice of units if completing this course in the external mode.
Major Learning Outcomes Learning Outcomes
[1] Demonstrate substantive knowledge of a broad range of texts - literary, public, performative - from the Renaissance to the present day.
[2] Identify how texts function aesthetically, socially and politically in everyday life and as culturally-specific forms of creative and professional writing, literature and performance.
[3] Critically evaluate the use by diverse authors of formal elements of language and genre in texts.
[4] Plan and manage self-directed research projects of increasing sophistication that evaluate analytical, persuasive and creative texts in a range of genres and styles.[5] Recognise and demonstrate practices of ethical and effective discourse on complex or controversial subjects or texts in a reasoned and respectful manner.[6] Create well-constructed, clear and persuasive texts and oral communications in a variety of genres, modes and styles.
[5] Recognise and demonstrate practices of ethical and effective discourse on complex or controversial subjects or texts in a reasoned and respectful manner.
[6] Create well-constructed, clear and persuasive texts and oral communications in a variety of genres, modes and style.
Course Learning Outcomes Students will:

LO 01 Possess broad and coherent knowledge of the content, theoretical perspectives, research methods and practices of a discipline in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
LO 02 Design and manage self-directed projects of increasing sophistication involving both independent inquiry and collaborative work.
LO 03 Construct critically reflective arguments that identify, analyse and evaluate complex issues, texts and data in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
LO 04 Persuasively communicate complex information, concepts and problems through clear and accurate written work, creative artefacts and verbal presentations.
LO 05 Recognise and practice well-developed interpersonal skills and ethical practice in collaboration with people from diverse backgrounds.
LO 06 Develop innovative and imaginative approaches to the application of knowledge and skills in the arts, humanities and social sciences to a range of practical tasks and experiences.
Employment Prospects Graduates in English and Creative Writing will 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.
Excluded Minors Creative Writing; Literature
Languages English and Creative Writing students are strongly encouraged to consider studying a language other than English, with Indonesian and Japanese available at Murdoch within the Bachelor of Arts.
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

Course Core - 24 credit points

100 Level Units - 9 credit points

Spine Unit - 3 credit points

MSP100 Career Learning: Managing Your Career - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external

Course Core Units - 6 credit points

ART101 Coming into Community - 6 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

OR

ART102 Inventing the Future - 6 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

200 Level Units - 15 credit points

Spine Units - 6 credit points

Select from the following:

MSP200 Building Enterprise Skills - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external

MSP201 Real World Learning - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external, SUM-external, W-external, Y-external

ART208 Presenting in Public: Writing and Performing for Professional Contexts - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

ART325 Professional Placement - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal, SUM-internal, W-internal

AIS308 Working with Indigenous Communities: Internship - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

COD303 Preparing for Professional Community Practice - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

POL340 Public Policy Internship - 6 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

AST384 Asian Studies Project - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external, SUM-external, W-external

Course Core Units - 9 credit points

ART201 Global Citizenship - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

ART202 The Weight of Data - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

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

Major Units - 24 credit points

Options - 24 credit points

Select from any of the available Majors, Co-Majors or Minors

Major Structure - 24 credit points

100 Level Units - 6 credit points

Core Units - 6 credit points

EGL123 Texting I: Introduction to Literature, Writing and Performance - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

EGL124 Texting II: Introduction to Literature, Writing and Performance - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

200 Level Units - 15 credit points

Specified Electives - 15 credit points

Students must choose at least ONE unit from each of the Literature and Creative Writing lists.

Literature

EGL244 Shakespeare and His Contemporaries: Page and Stage - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

EGL231 Poetry: Sonnet to Slam - 3 points
Not available this year

EGL248 The Novel: Transforming the Real - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

EGL235 Australian Literature and Film - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

EGL246 Digital Humanities: Reading and Writing in the Online World - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

EGL247 Literature, Imagination and Politics - 3 points
Not available this year

Creative Writing

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

EGL250 Writing for Performance - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

EGL249 The Short Story: Approaches to Writing and Reading - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

EGL220 Creative Writing: Extended Project - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

EGL243 Storytelling in Australia - 3 points
MURDOCH: W-internal (quota of 30 places)

300 Level Units - 3 credit points

Core Unit - 3 credit points

EGL321 Cosmopolitan Literature: Communicating Creatively across the Globe - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

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