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Storytelling in Australia (EGL243)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: W-internal (quota of 30 places)
Description Students will be introduced to Australian history, culture, landscape and people through an intensive, immersive course, which includes a regional tour of the North-West of WA. Students will be required to engage with Indigenous knowledge, critical issues in contemporary Australia and our traditions of storytelling. You will be required to reflect on this experience by producing your own work in a creative genre, such as creative writing, journalism, photography, video or other medium.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Demonstrate knowledge of the traditions and techniques of storytelling in Australia through the ages
2. Carry out research, including capturing field observations, with a view to producing a creative work
3. Show critical thinking and the ability to argue on a range of historical and contemporary issues
4. Show creative expression in a select genre
5. Be able to effectively present findings and ideas to a group of peers
Timetabled Learning Activities Daily Lecture/workshops in first week; 10-day immersive tour; Two days at end of tour for student presentations.
Unit Learning Experiences This intensive course is structured in three parts. The first week will provide students with a background knowledge in storytelling conventions in Australia. This will entail lectures, readings, individual research and discussion. The second part is a 10-day tour of the NW where students will be recording and documenting their experience. The final week will allow students independent time to finalise their creative work and prepare their presentation.
Other Learning Experiences During the tour students participate in daily informal tutorial sessions that might comprise discussion, writing or reflective activities.
Assessment Assessments reflect the learning process in this unit. Students will be exposed to the various modes of storytelling and genres. They will be required to critically analyse one of these genres for assessment (formative). This knowledge of the genre should prepare them for embarking on their own story (creative work) which they will research and produce independently. They will draw on their own written or, where appropriate, digital media skills to produce the work. A presentation at the end of the unit will allow students to share with others and to reflect on the work they have produced.
Prerequisites Enrolment with the permission of the Unit Coordinator.
Notes There is a charge to students for the regional tour. This is in addition to the usual tuition fee.
While on tour students will continue to read and reflect on key themes; integrate this learning with their own travel experiences; and develop plans and drafts for their creative work. This reflective learning will be compiled in a workbook.
Quota This unit is subject to quota. This unit is provided for the intensive study abroad program promoted through American Institute for Foreign Study. Students must be participating in the American Institute for Foreign Study program at Murdoch OR have been admitted by permission of the unit coordinator.
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English and Creative Writing (BA)
Appears in these Co-Majors English and Creative Writing
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.


Unit Coordinator
Associate Professor Anne Surma
Associate Professor

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2151
e: A.Surma@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.066A - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: W-Internal
Associate Professor Anne Surma
Associate Professor

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2151
e: A.Surma@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.066A - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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