CRWR 2005 - Making Contemporary Poetry

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022

This course will allow students to explore contemporary poetic forms and language while learning skills of poem-making. It will focus on writing using procedures of contemporary poetries which engage with culture, politics, new technologies and ways of working with language rather than poetry produced as private expression. The kinds of poetry and poetics presented throughout the course to stimulate students' writing and thinking are innovative and challenging in both process and content and engage with broad cultural issues and ways they challenge and contribute to creative practice. In particular, they are designed to move students from two frequently-held positions by new poets: that poems are either purely the product of semi-formless private musing or that poems need to conform to traditional structures. By introducing a variety of contemporary approaches, students will be encouraged to think through their own writing as both a craft and an art, and to recognise that each new poem is an 'experiment', a way of testing poetry ideas out through various techniques. This course will also assist students to develop an awareness of the cultural, political and literary contexts in which their own writing will circulate.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CRWR 2005
    Course Making Contemporary Poetry
    Coordinating Unit English and Creative Writing
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study
    Assumed Knowledge High level of English literacy competency
    Course Description This course will allow students to explore contemporary poetic forms and language while learning skills of poem-making. It will focus on writing using procedures of contemporary poetries which engage with culture, politics, new technologies and ways of working with language rather than poetry produced as private expression. The kinds of poetry and poetics presented throughout the course to stimulate students' writing and thinking are innovative and challenging in both process and content and engage with broad cultural issues and ways they challenge and contribute to creative practice. In particular, they are designed to move students from two frequently-held positions by new poets: that poems are either purely the product of semi-formless private musing or that poems need to conform to traditional structures. By introducing a variety of contemporary approaches, students will be encouraged to think through their own writing as both a craft and an art, and to recognise that each new poem is an 'experiment', a way of testing poetry ideas out through various techniques. This course will also assist students to develop an awareness of the cultural, political and literary contexts in which their own writing will circulate.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Aidan Coleman

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Students will be able to demonstrate having gained knowledge a range of contemporary poetry writing concepts, processes and practices

    2. Students will be able to demonstrate having engaged with various approaches to redrafting their own poems

    3. Students will be able to demonstrate having developed a capacity to investigate and reflect on specific approaches to contemporary poetry making in the context of their own work and the current poetry field in general

    4. Students will be able to demonstrate having developed a capacity to develop and articulate a poetics for their own poetry writing practice and to reflect on and critique a wide variety of poems and poetics

    5. Students will be able to demonstrate having developed skills in creative writing and editing

    6. Students will be able to demonstrate having developed skills to identify structural issues in poems and provide feedback to another author

    7. Students will be able to demonstrate having developed an awareness of the role of the feedback and editing in the poetry writing process

    8. Students will be able to demonstrate having developed skills to confidently, thoughtfully and respectfully express their ideas to their peers

    9. Students will be able to demonstrate having developed skills to confidently, thoughtfully and respectfully express their ideas to their peers

    10. Students will be able to demonstrate having developed skills in working as a team in a small group environment

    University Graduate Attributes

    No information currently available.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    To be announced.
    Recommended Resources
    To be announced.
    Online Learning
    MyUni and other resources to be announced.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Teaching and learning modes may include lectures, seminars and online activities.
    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
    Provisional. Learning activities may include lectures, face-to-face seminars, online activities, instructor-directed and student-directed research and learning tasks.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Not applicable.
  • 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
    Provisional. Assessment may include blended learning assignments, structured independent and/or collaborative activities, essays(s), participation in seminar discussion and peer-assessment activities.

    Due to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.

    No changes will be made regarding weighting or due dates for the following three assignments:
    Writing Exercise: Word count: 800 words equivalent. Due date: 8th April. Weight: 20%.
    Research Paper: Word count: 1,400 words. Due date: 6th May. Weight: 30%.
    Portfolio of Poems and Exegesis: Word count: 2,300 words; Poems: 1,800 words equivalent, Exegesis: 500 words). Due Date: 8th June. Weight: 40%.

    In place of the Participation assessment requirement, students will submit a Class Work Portfolio at the end of the course, due June 13th. Weight: 10%.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students must attempt all assessment requirements / all assessment items in order to pass the course.

    Other assessment-related requirements will be able to be found in the Discipline of English and Creative Writing Policies and Procedures, and the relevant Course Guide.

    Assessment Detail
    Assessment details are to be announced.
    Submission
    Assessment submission is to be undertaken in the form prescribed in any instructions issued for the individual assessment items.

    Policies on deadlines and lateness are to be found in the Discipline of English and Creative Writing Policies and Procedures.

    Provisional. And for example, submission formats may include: class presentations, tasks and/or discussions; online submission of written or other work; hard copy submission of written work to a prescribed place. This is not an exhaustive list.



    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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