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

WRIT2002 - Advanced Writing and Research

Semester 1, 2014  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Frances Di Lauro


What do great poets, preachers and politicians have in common? Using case studies of enduring speeches, from the pulpit to the courtroom to the concert hall, this unit introduces students to advanced rhetorical theory, research and analysis. It extends their ability to think critically about various text types and modes of delivery. The unit cultivates intensive and effective research and reporting practices, through which students develop their own discipline-based inquiry questions to effectively discover, produce, and deliver their arguments.


1x1000wd research journal (20%), 1x1200wd critical reading task (30%), 1x2300wd final project (50%)


1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x2-hr seminar/week


12 junior credit points


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