CRWR 3003 - Wild Places / City Spaces: Environmental Writing

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021

This course will focus on creative writing in all genres, but particularly non-fiction and poetry, that engages with all forms of environments, from wildernesses to the urban. It will focus specifically on writing that pays special and close attention to the intersection of text and place, to environmental concerns, to ecopoetic theory and practice, and to theories of psychogeography. In this context, students will undertake a series of exercises designed to develop their own writing and provide feedback to other students. They will examine some key works of environmental literature and ecopoetic literary theory, and cultural studies theory around psychogeography. Students will undertake field research as part of the course to develop a final sustained piece of writing in their chosen genre about environment or place.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CRWR 3003
    Course Wild Places / City Spaces: Environmental 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
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 6 units of Level II undergraduate study
    Incompatible CRWR 2011
    Course Description This course will focus on creative writing in all genres, but particularly non-fiction and poetry, that engages with all forms of environments, from wildernesses to the urban. It will focus specifically on writing that pays special and close attention to the intersection of text and place, to environmental concerns, to ecopoetic theory and practice, and to theories of psychogeography. In this context, students will undertake a series of exercises designed to develop their own writing and provide feedback to other students. They will examine some key works of environmental literature and ecopoetic literary theory, and cultural studies theory around psychogeography. Students will undertake field research as part of the course to develop a final sustained piece of writing in their chosen genre about environment or place.
    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
    After successfully completing this course students should be able to:
    (1) Confidently read, understand and appreciate a range of contemporary literary texts.
    (2) Begin to demonstrate an awareness of how to frame a research problem and devise ways
    of addressing it in the context of creative writing.
    (3) Think rigorously about selected contemporary texts and the contexts of their production.
    (4) Prepare and deliver polished and carefully edited samples of creative 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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 3
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    2, 3, 4
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    5, 6
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    4, 5, 6
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1, 3, 5, 6
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    4, 5, 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    A series of online reading to be made available through MyUni. XA series of online readings to be made available through MyUni.X
    Recommended Resources
    As specified during course lectures and seminars.
    Online Learning
    The following Additional course-related material will be available via MyUni: Lecture Content,Course Outline, Explanation of Assessment Tasks and Assignments, Weekly Schedule, and Readings.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is structured around weekly readings and students are expected to read andknow them thoroughly. All students will be expected to write in class, this includes during the lecture. Tutorials provide the opportunity for detailed reflection on ideas, themes,and practices introduced in lectures and readings. The weekly readings will be discussed indetail: critically, analytically, and in terms of writing practice. Student interaction will occur insmall-group exercises, including close-reading, writing practice, editing, and other tasks.XThis course is structured around weekly readings and students are expected to read andknow them thoroughly. All students will be expected to write in class, this includes during thelecture. Tutorials/workshops provide the opportunity for detailed reflection on ideas, themes,and practices introduced in lectures and readings. The weekly readings will be discussed indetail: critically, analytically, and in terms of writing practice. Student interaction will occur insmall-group exercises, including close-reading, writing practice, editing, and other tasks.
    Workload

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

    1 x 1 hour lecture per week (x 12) = 12 hours.
    2 x 1 hour tutorial/workshop per week (x 12) = 24 hours.
    1 x 6 hours reading and writing practice per week (x 12) = 72 hours.
    1 x 1 hours research per week (x 12) = 12 hours.
    1 x 2 hours assignment preparation each week (x 12) = 24 hours.
    Total = 144 hours.
    Learning Activities Summary
    This course is structured around the weekly lecture content and readings (as provided on MyUni) and students are expected be familiar with them. All students will be expected to do certain writing tasks in class when required and those or other specified weekly exercises should be polished before the following week’s seminar.

    Seminars provide the opportunity for detailed reflection on ideas, concepts and practices introduced in lectures. Weekly readings will be discussed in detail: analytically and in terms of editing and writing practice. Student interaction will occur in small groups, including writing exercises and other tasks.





    Specific Course Requirements
    N/A
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Small group discovery experience is developed through student led tutorial discussions/workshops, which may include both face to face and on-line settings. The course may include collaborative assessment tasks.
  • 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
    Assignment 1 Writing Exercise (800 words), or equivalent for poems: 20%
    Assignment 2 Essay (1200 words): 30%
    Assignment 3 Portfolio: Field Work (2500 words) - Consisting of 2,000 words or equivalent for poems, plus exegesis of 500 words: 40%

    Seminar Participation: 10%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Attendance at tutorials is compulsory in order to receive particpation marks for work completed with peers.
    Assessment Detail
    Creative Assignment 1 (Due 4 Sept) 20% Learning Outcomes: 1,4,5, 6
    Creative Assignment 2 (Due 8 Oct) 30% Learning Outcomes: 1,3,5
    Creative Assignment 3 (Due 5 Nov) 40% Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

    Participation (In-Class Peer Workshops) (ongoing) 10% Learning Outcomes: 1,3,4,5,6

    Submission
    All submission of work will take place via MyUni and Turnitin. Please see course MyUni Page for further instructions.
    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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