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Texting I: Introduction to Literature, Writing and Performance (EGL123)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Introduces students to meaning and significance of text in relation to creative and professional writing, literature and performance. Students explore the ways in which the concept of the text and its multifarious meanings, uses and impacts have evolved across cultures and historical contexts. Students will have the opportunity to read, write, and perform a range of texts in order to develop a critical appreciation of the ways that digital and physical texts inform our creative, imaginative, political, and everyday lives.
Unit Learning Outcomes Students should be able to:
1. Appreciate how specific texts represent creative, imaginative, professional and public forms of cultural practice.
2. Recognise the purpose, use and impacts of diverse texts in cultures past and present.
3. Recognise the dynamic relationship between text, context, writer/performer and reader/audience.
4. Critically engage with and respond to a range of literary, creative and performative texts and genres.
5. Write and/or perform short pieces in selected genres as forms of academic, literary, creative and performative practice.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; tutorials: up to 1.5 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences Learning in this unit is through lectures, tutorials (and, for external students, online discussion) and self-study. Students will be reading and critically responding to poetry, fiction and drama, and will begin to learna rnge of approaches to working with texts: through close reading and critical debate and analysis; creative and professional writing; and dramatic performance.
Attendance at lectures is strongly recommended, as key material is introduced and explained. Attendance at tutorials is compulsory, and active participation in class is facilitated and encouraged. Reading primary set texts and weekly readings before attending lectures and tutorials in a given week will ensure that students reap maximum benefit from the unit learning materials.
Assessment The assessments will involve a range of activities -- oral, written and performative - designed so that students are able to explore the myriad ways in which texts matter in culture - what texts do, how texts mean, how we make them and respond to them in specific social and historical moments. These activities are also designed so that students begin to learn and apply the critical skills and knowledge involved in reading, writing and performance for different purposes, readers/audiences, and in different contexts. Some assessment activities may be streamed, so that Theatre and Drama and English and Creative Writing Majors are able to test their knowledge and skills in their respective discipline areas.
Assessments will be modified for external students.
Prerequisites Nil.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching) (BEd(PrimTeach))
English and Creative Writing (BA)
English Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Theatre and Drama (BA)
Appears in these Co-Majors English and Creative Writing
English Minor Teaching Area
Theatre and Drama
Appears in these Minors 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
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MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-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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