ENGL 2060 - Self Writing

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

In this course students will read a range of life narratives in the context of theories of self-representation. The course will focus on variations in the genre of self-writing, and will examine the evolution of autobiographical texts - and the changing significance attributed to the speaking "I" - from St Augustine's Confessions of the 4th century to contemporary models of self-writing. Set texts will include not only those conventionally understood as autobiography but also those which deliberately blur the line between biography and autobiography (such as Gertrude Stein's Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas) and those which are collaboratively produced (such as oral histories). The course will allow students the option of producing a piece of self-writing as part of their assessment. They will develop their skills in reading texts within the context of cultural and literary history, and have the opportunity to explore intersections between critical and creative writing.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ENGL 2060
    Course Self Writing
    Coordinating Unit English and Creative Writing
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of undergraduate study
    Incompatible ENGL 2026 & ENGL 3026
    Assumed Knowledge 3 units of Level I English
    Course Description In this course students will read a range of life narratives in the context of theories of self-representation. The course will focus on variations in the genre of self-writing, and will examine the evolution of autobiographical texts - and the changing significance attributed to the speaking "I" - from St Augustine's Confessions of the 4th century to contemporary models of self-writing. Set texts will include not only those conventionally understood as autobiography but also those which deliberately blur the line between biography and autobiography (such as Gertrude Stein's Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas) and those which are collaboratively produced (such as oral histories). The course will allow students the option of producing a piece of self-writing as part of their assessment. They will develop their skills in reading texts within the context of cultural and literary history, and have the opportunity to explore intersections between critical and creative writing.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Chelsea Avard

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    1. An understanding of the evolving history of the genre of life writing over time and across different writing styles
    2. An appreciation of the social and ethical contexts of works written in the life writing genre from different historical and cultural settings
    3. A demonstrated ability to produce coherently argued and substantiated written argument
    4. A demonstrated ability to conduct independent research and apply it to one’s own writing task
    5. A demonstrated ability to collaborate with peers and share research resources

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,2, 4
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3, 4
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3, 4, 5
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 5
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 3, 4, 5
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1, 2
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    To be announced.
    Recommended Resources
    To be announced.
    Online Learning
    This course will make active use of MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Teaching and learning modes will include lectures, seminars, and online use of MyUni.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Students will commit the equivalent of 156 hours per semester to study in this course.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Learning activities will include lectures, face to face seminars, and instructor-directed and student-led research and assessment tasks.
    Specific Course Requirements
    There are no specific course requirements, but it is recommended that students undertake at least 3 units of English subject9S0 ata level 1 before enrolling in this course.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Small group discovery experience may be developed through student-led seminar disussionsand seminar collaboration.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment will include structured independent and/or collaborative seminar activities, essay(s) and an exam.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students should attempt all pieces of set assessment.
    Assessment Detail
    To be announced.
    Submission
    Policies on submission procedures, including deadlines and lateness policies, are to be found in the English and Creative Writing Policies and Procedures.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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