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Writing Self, Writing Place (11118.1)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Arts and Communications


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  • Semester 1, 2019, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (190524) - View

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Where does the concept of place meet ways of being in the world? How do we write about land, the environment, the city? How can the Indigenous Australian term, Country, contribute to ways of understanding story and self? This unit introduces students to different understandings and expressions of story in the context of lived experience, culture and place. Through the studies of various texts, students will be exposed to how other writers and artists have conceptualised and represented these intertwined ideas. Students will use these studies not only as a way of broadening their knowledge, but as a way of developing their own preferred writing practice.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Identify and critique different concepts of writing about place and self and how they manifest as literary genres;

2. Develop written work that creatively engages with country, place and self; and

3. Critically reflect on representations of lived experience, environment, place and self.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Three hours consisting of an on-campus lecture and tutorial per week.


Must have passed 24 credit points.


11116 Screenwriting

Assumed Knowledge


Incompatible Units

9174 Literary Studies: Reading the City

Equivalent Units


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