ENGL 3043 - Self Writing

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

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 3043
    Course Self 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 2 undergraduate study
    Incompatible ENGL 2060
    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: Professor Amanda Nettelbeck

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes


    (1)Confidently read and understand a range of literary texts

    (2)Understand different approaches to, and methods of representing, the concept of
    ‘the self’

    (3)Think rigorously about the set texts and the contexts of their original
    production

    (4)Prepare and deliver coherently and logically argued written material

     (5) Contributeto group-based activities and work as a member of a team in the preparation and
    delivery of a seminar presentation

    (6) Use technologies relevant to the preparation and completion of
    assessment tasks

    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, 3, 4,5, 6
    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
    1, 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
    4, 5
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    3, 4, 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, 2, 3
    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
    3, 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources


    Virginia Woolf, Moments of Being

    Gertrude Stein, The Autobiography of Alice B Toklas

    Sigmund Freud, Dora

    Rita and Jackie Huggins, Auntie Rita

    An additional course reader of compulsory readings to be purchased by students

    Recommended Resources
    To be provided.
    Online Learning
    In this course, lectures will be recorded as audio files. Related course materials will be made available via MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course will involve lectures, face-to-face seminars, and use of MyUni.
    Workload

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

    This course will involve the equivalent of 156 hours per semester.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Learning activities will include lectures, face-to-face seminars, use of MyUni, instructor-directed and student-directed research and assessment-for-learning tasks.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    SGDE will be developed through student-led discussions and through collaborative seminar 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
    Assessment may include essays, and other structured independent written work and/or collaborative tasks.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    All assessment tasks must be attempted/completed in order to successfully complete the course.
    Assessment Detail
    To be announced in the Course Profile.
    Submission
    For submission requirements please refer to the English & Creative Writing Department Handbook.
    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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