Reading and Writing is an online unit provided by Open Universities Australia in association with Swinburne University. The unit examines the integral link between the way we write and literary theory. Once you have grasped these fundamental theoretical contexts, you will then be tasked with creating your own piece of writing built around an analytical model of your choice.
To begin with, you will examine critical and cultural theories before applying them to nominated authors such as Henry Lawson and Barbara Baynton. Following this, you will explore critical and theoretical readings across culture and genre, before examining the implications of writing in a globalised world. Finally, you will consider creative non-fiction.
Ultimately, Reading and Writing provides you with an extensive theoretical frame of reference that you will then employ within your own writing. Completing this unit informs your knowledge of writing as a textual community, thus enhancing the insight within your own work.
You cannot enrol in this unit if you completed any unit deemed academically equivalent. In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:
Graduate Diploma of Arts (Writing)
Master of Arts (Writing)
Areas of study
In this Reading and Writing unit, the topics you will study include:
Critical and cultural theories
A critical and theoretical reading of nominated authors (e.g. Henry Lawson, Barbara Baynton)
A critical and theoretical reading across cultures and genres
The hypothetical as a business tool
International writing part 1
Writing in a global culture
This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:
Graduate Diploma of Arts (Writing), Swinburne University
Master of Arts (Writing), Swinburne 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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It is impossible to be a great writer without first understanding the rich, cultural history of the written word. You will learn about theoretical and cultural contexts, as well as how to apply these effectively to your own writing. If you want to be a self-employed or freelance writer, completion of this unit will amplify the quality of your work, naturally opening doors. Conversely, if you want to be employed as a full-time writer, this unit will give you an appreciation of the written word, which will benefit you in any career.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Reading and Writing from Swinburne 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 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 FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. 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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