WRIT Undergraduate Units

WRIT units are designed to help all writers strengthen their academic writing and are open to all students across the University.

We currently provide four units of study at the undergraduate level. WRIT1000 and WRIT1001 are our two junior-level units. WRIT1000 focuses on developing your writing style at the sentence and paragraph level and WRIT1001 explores writing in academic environments. WRIT2002 and ENGL2652 are our two senior-level units. WRIT2002 focuses on developing advanced research abilities and ENGL2652 traces the development of modern theories of rhetoric from the classical to the contemporary.

Our writing courses will equip you with the abilities you need for writing situations both in university and in the workplace. Our expert teaching and networked workshops connect you with a global network of students, researchers and resources.

WRIT1000 - Writing Style and Method

  • Learn how to communicate clearly and effectively through critical reading, thinking, and writing
  • Develop your writing style by applying rhetorical principles to sentence and paragraph structures
  • Engage in reflective writing and peer review

WRIT1001 - Writing and Rhetoric: Academic Essays

  • Learn how to use rhetoric to analyse written and visual texts
  • Develop a cross-cultural perspective on writing
  • Work intensively on the elements of an academic essay

WRIT2002 - Advanced Writing and Research

  • Cultivate intensive and effective research and reporting practices
  • Discover, produce, and deliver effective arguments
  • Engage in critical thinking about multimodal writing

ENGL2652 - Modern Rhetoric

  • Study human communication, and the practice of rhetoric
  • Use language, signs and silence to convey a particular message
  • Develop skills in analysis, interpretation and composition that apply to academic and professional communication as well as literary study

Units of Study

ENGL2652 - Modern Rhetoric

Semester 2, 2014  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Susan Elizabeth Thomas
Phone: +61 2 9351 2048
Email: susan.thomas@sydney.edu.au


This unit will introduce students to both the theory of rhetoric: the study of human communication, and the practice of rhetoric: the use of language, signs and silence to convey a particular message. It will trace the development of modern theories from classical and later ideas about rhetoric, and teach students to analyse and improve their own written and spoken communication. Students will learn to pay close attention to language, context, and audience. They will develop skills in analysis, interpretation and composition that apply to academic and professional communication as well as literary study.


1x2500wd essay (40%), 1x take home exercise (40%), 1x tutorial task and participation (20%)


2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week


((12 junior credit points of English) or (6 junior credit points from English and AMST1001)) or (12 senior credit points from Digital Cultures)



Additional Information

This unit is being offered by the Writing Hub


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1 This class runs from Week 2 to Week 2

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