CRWR 3001 - Boundary Riders: Creative Critical Writing

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022

This course will introduce students to writing that brings together theory and creative practice. It will cover the history and development of works that combine the critical and the creative including auto-theoretical, fictocritical and auto-ethnographic works. Students will read and analyse the development and use of these forms in academic and other institutional frameworks. Students will also analyse and discuss debates about subjectivity and objectivity, the usefulness of these forms and the place of the exegesis in creative and critical writing practice. Students will produce critical creative works and an exegetical work discussing process and form.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CRWR 3001
    Course Boundary Riders: Creative Critical Writing
    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 6 units of Level II undergraduate study
    Incompatible CRWR 2007
    Course Description This course will introduce students to writing that brings together theory and creative practice. It will cover the history and development of works that combine the critical and the creative including auto-theoretical, fictocritical and auto-ethnographic works. Students will read and analyse the development and use of these forms in academic and other institutional frameworks. Students will also analyse and discuss debates about subjectivity and objectivity, the usefulness of these forms and the place of the exegesis in creative and critical writing practice. Students will produce critical creative works and an exegetical work discussing process and form.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Gretta Mitchell

    Dr Gretta Jade Mitchell

    gretta.mitchell@adelaide.edu.au
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    1 Read and interpret a range of creative critical texts

    2 Begin to demonstrate an awareness of how to frame a research or creative problem and devise ways of
    addressing it in the context of creative critical writing

    3 Think rigorously about selected creative critical texts and the contexts of their production

    4 Prepare and deliver polished and carefully edited samples of creative critical writing (through a series of
    exercises and drafts)

    5 Critically evaluate their own and others’ written materials

    6 Engage productively and respectfully with their peers

    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1,2,3,4

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    1,2,3,4,5

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    4,5,6

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    1,2,3,4,5,6

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    1,2,3,4,5,6

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    4,5,6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    All required readings will be accessed via MyUni.

    Each week we will read an example of creative critical writing and a theoretical counterpoint to the text, starting with extracts from Bhanu Kapil's Ban en Banlieue and Paul B. Preciado's Testo Junkie.
    Recommended Resources
    Online resouce available via library:

    Fournier, Lauren. Autotheory as Feminist Practice in Art, Writing, and Criticism. The MIT Press, 2021.
    Online Learning

    MyUni will be used to make
    the following available: course guide; audio recordings of all lectures;
    lecture notes; readings (through DRMC); announcements; discussion boards; group
    facilities including email and file exchange; external web links; submission of
    some assignments.

    Turnitin will also be used for the submission of some assignments.

    The course guide will be made available as close to the enrolment date as possible. Lecture notes and
    readings will be made available at the beginning of the semester. Lecture audio
    recordings and other materials will be made available as the semester
    progresses.







  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures will engage with examples of creative critical writing.

    Seminars will facilitate creative practice in response to the week's readings.

    Students are expected to develop daily creative practice and to write every day.
    Workload

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

    1 x 1 hour lectures per week = 12 hours per semester

    1 x 2 hour seminar per week = 24 hours per semester

    6 hours reading/writing per week = 72 hours per semester

    2 hours research per week = 24 hours per semester

    2 hours assignment preparation per week = 24 hours per semester

    TOTAL = 156 hours per semester





    Learning Activities Summary
    Introduction to Autotheory

    Technogender / Technoscience

    Borderlands and BIPOC beginnings

    Introduction to Autofiction

    Introduction to Autoethnography

    Narrative: Stories and Data Sets

    Creative Citation/s

    Exegetical Writing

    Key Concepts





  • 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
    2,000 word critical-creative work negotiated with Course Convenor: 40%
    1,000 word draft proposal: 20%
    Journal/workbook: 20%
    1000 word exegetical report: 20%



    Assessment Detail
    Workbook 20% - Due Week 12
    Students will compile a workbook of creative practice over the semester.

    Draft Proposal 20% - Due Week 7
    Students will draft a proposal of their final creative critical work and present it in seminars to their peers.

    Final Creative Critical Work 40% - Due Week 11
    A final work of writing that demostrates understanding and application of the elements of autotheory and/or autofiction and/or autoethnography.

    Exegetical Report 20% - Due Week 11
    An exegesis to accompany the final work that explicates the writing in terms of key concepts encountered during semester.





    Submission
    Information on assignment submission will be on MyUni.
    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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