Writing Studies

Writing Studies

A minor in Writing Studies requires 36 credit points from this table, including:
(i) 12 credit points of 1000-level core units
(ii) 12 credit points of 2000-level core units
(iii) 12 credit points of 3000-level core units

1000-level units of study

WRIT1001 Writing and Rhetoric: Academic Essays

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive February,Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Assessment: 4x500wd Written assignments (40%), 1x1000wd Oral Presentation (20%), 1x1500wd Essay (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The persuasive power of the English language emerges from its richness and variation. This unit introduces students to rhetorical theory as a resource for the creative construction of meaning. Students will learn to discover topics, arrange ideas, and analyse the delivery of arguments across a variety of contexts. We examine print, visual media, political debates and engage in virtual exchanges with universities around the world.
WRIT1002 Writing and Rhetoric: Argumentation

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive February,Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr online lecture/week, 1x1hr online readings and activities/week, 1x1hr online tutorial/week Assessment: 1x1000wd annotated bibliography (20%),1x1000wd literature review (20%), 1x500wd critical analysis video (10%), 1x500wd critical analysis report (10%), 1x1500wd argumentative essay (40%) Mode of delivery: Online
This is a fully online unit of study. It focuses on advanced rhetorical reasoning and the theory, construction, and delivery of sound arguments, which are critical to success in the university and the workplace. Designed to improve writing and critical thinking abilities, the unit teaches students to craft persuasive, ethical, and engaging arguments. It will focus on the production and reception of arguments across a range of genres, including digital environments. Online tutorials feature collaborative writing and editing exercises on global, participatory writing platforms.

2000-level units of study

WRIT2000 Contemporary Rhetoric

This unit of study is not available in 2020

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x2hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in Writing Studies Assessment: 1x1125wd Analysis (25%), 1x1125wd Comparison (25%), 1x1125wd Essay (25%), 1x1125wd Reflection (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will introduce students to contemporary theories and practices of rhetoric, examining the work of Kenneth Burke and Chaïm Perelman, among others. It will trace the development of contemporary rhetoric from the classical era, comparing these approaches through examples of social, political, and popular rhetoric across a range of genres. Students will develop a better understanding of the relationship between rhetoric and writing and how to apply rhetorical principles to the analysis, interpretation and production of a range of texts.
WRIT2002 Arguments that Change the World

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture in flipped classroom mode/week, 1x2hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in Writing Studies Assessment: 1x1500wd close reading task (35%), 1x10min group poster presentation (20%), 1x500wd individual reflection (10%), 1x1500wd analytical report (35%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
What do great poets, preachers and politicians have in common? Using case studies of enduring persuasive texts from the pulpit to the courtroom to the concert hall, this unit introduces students to rhetorical hermeneutics as a method of interpretation. The unit extends their ability to interrogate and think critically about various text types and their affective qualities. It cultivates intensive and effective research and reporting practices, through which students develop discipline-based inquiry questions to effectively discover, invent, produce, and deliver their own arguments.

3000-level units of study

WRIT3002 Rhetorical Traditions

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x2hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in the Writing Studies minor Assessment: 1x2000wd Assignment: Comparative Essay (45%), 1x1800wd Assignment: Descriptive Essay (40%), 1x700wd In-class Presentation (15%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
From Aristotle to Vico, Joyce to Oodgeroo, multiple traditions of rhetoric have influenced society. In this unit, experts in medieval, modernist, new and cultural rhetorics will help you understand how rhetorical traditions emerge as you form your own argument about language, thought and behaviour.
WRIT3003 Visual Rhetoric and Contemporary Society

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x2hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in the Writing Studies minor Assessment: 1x2000wd Individual Research Essay (40%), 1x1500wd Analytical Report (35%), 1x1000wd Annotated Bibliography (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
How are we to make sense of our visually-orientated world? Debating theoretical, historical, and methodological developments in the fields of writing studies and rhetoric, we will develop a clearer understanding of the vital role that visual and nonverbal rhetoric plays in the contemporary realm.