This Genre Writing unit offers you the opportunity to explore the hotly debated topics relating to genre writing – you will learn about the typical markers of a variety of genres, including romance, detective fiction and Gothic fiction. Genre-mashups and transgressive genres will also be discussed. You will also learn about fan fiction, which is currently particularly interesting due to its recent internet-enabled ubiquity.
This online unit by Open Universities Australia and Macquarie University is not purely theoretical – the approach taken throughout the unit is very hands on. You will have the chance to experiment with genres, which will help you to learn about how theory underpins and aids practice.
Upon completion of this unit, you will not only be able to identify typical genre markers, you will also understand how to fluidly incorporate them into your work. You will consider why writers employ certain practices, and how their work influences both their readers and other writers.
Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to enter this program:
Have not have completed the unit, Multimedia: The Poetics of New Media, as it is considered academically equivalent
Areas of study
In this writing unit, the topics you will study include:
What is a genre?
Gothic fiction and vampirism
Autobiography and the blog
This unit is an approved elective in the following course:
Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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This unit will be of interest to any literature enthusiasts, though it will be particularly beneficial to those who wish to pursue a career in which they will be working with genre writing. Though this will clearly apply to fiction writers, this unit will be of use to others. For example, the knowledge and skills offered by this unit in Genre Writing is also likely to be of use to those who wish to pursue careers across the publishing industry.
You will become familiar with a range of popular genres, and will be familiar with the typical theoretical markers for Gothic fiction and vampirism, detective fiction, and romance. You will have an understanding of mixing traditional genres, as well as avant-gardism. Transgressing and transgressive genres will also be discussed.
This unit offers the added benefit of enabling you to develop your written communications skills, which will be advantageous across a range of careers. You will also be encouraged to apply theoretical concepts to writing, and to consider what the implications of this are – this will help to develop the highly transferrable skill of analytical thinking.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Genre Writing from Macquarie University.
Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP may be available.
Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA's full degree programs.
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If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
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