Aliens, Dragons, Monsters, Me: Writing Genre (9993.1)
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|Discipline Of Creative And Cultural Practice||Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan Social Work_Exclude 0905)
A core aspect of this unit will be learning to work creatively and originally ? avoiding cliche and stereotypes ? while managing the reader expectations that always come with writing within an archetypal genre.
Lectures will cover the core expectations and archetypes associated with each genre and the core skills and knowledge needed to write effectively within them.
Readings will broaden student's knowledge of and engagement with each genre.
Learning outcomesOn successful the completion of this unit students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate through creative practice their understanding of the common stylistic and narrative tropes associated with science fiction, fantasy, crime fiction, and other speculative writing forms;
2. Demonstrate engagement with and understanding of the broader speculative fiction writing community;
3. Apply knowledge and skills in relation to one specific area of 'genre' fiction to their own reflective practice; and
4. Demonstrate the ability to write with originality and creativity while still working within the established archetypes and reader expectations that come with established genres.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - be self-aware
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
PrerequisitesIntroduction to Creative Writing 8304
Assumed knowledgeStudents are assumed be familiar with current writings in the areas of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Crime writing
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Atwood, Margaret EITHER Oryx and Craik (2003) OR The Handmaid's Tale (1985)
Dick, Phillip K; Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (1968)
Welles, HG, The War of the Worlds (1897)
Additional required weekly readings (short stories, journal articles etc...) will be posted to the unit's reading list, and available through Canvas
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
AN IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT ASSESSMENT IN THIS UNIT:
This unit has TWO possible assessment routes –
- Face to Face
- Fully online
- All students will be enrolled in a weekly tutorial class, HOWEVER only those electing to take the fully online assessment route will be able, if they wish, to complete the assessment items for the unit without attending the weekly tutorial classes.
- Students who elect to take the face to face route MUST attend classes in order to receive their marks for Assessment item #1
- Students will have until the end of week 1 (Friday 10th August) to choose their assessment route on Moodle.
- All students who do not elect an assessment route by FRIDAY 10th August will be automatically enrolled in the FACE TO FACE route
- After Friday 10th August, it will not be possible to change from one route to the other. Once you elect a particular route, you are committed to it for the entire semester.
- Both routes will require the students to complete 3 assessment items. Two of these (items 2 and 3) are common to both routes.
- Students who elect to do the fully online assessment route are nevertheless STRONGLY RECOMMENDED to attend as many tutorial classes as possible.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
Students electing to do the unit in fully online mode will be required to actively participate in weekly forums on the unit's moodle site. Active contributions to these forums will make up a significant percentage of the grade for the unit. The required activities in these forums will closely mirror those scheduled for the timetabled in-class activities, and will require students to commit an equivalent amount of time (2 hours per week) in order to pass the unit. The forums will have a dedicated tutor/moderator, who will assess contributions, respond to questions, promote discussion and provide feedback on an ongoing basis. Forums will only be open for 10 days, beginning on the monday of the programmed week for that particular topic.
Students electing to do the unit in Face to Face mode will be required to contribute to at least 8 out of 10 assessable classes during the semester. Their contributions to these classes will be assessed towards their final grade for the unit. Please note that THIS IS NOT AN ATTENDANCE MARK - simply turning up to the class will not be sufficient to receive a score for your contribution.
Required IT skills
Students electing to do the unit in online mode will require the skills to acess and contribute to the weekly forums on Canvas.
All students will be required to submit work for assessment using the dropboxes on Canvas.
All students will be required to access readings and course content through links provided on Canvas
Students are encouraged to purchase, if possible, the course texts, however these will also be available in the library. All are also widely available in the public library system.
Work placement, internships or practicums
There are no work placements, internships or practicums involved in this unit.