Writing Crime and Contemporary Romance

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Griffith University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

This online Writing Crime and Contemporary Romance unit from Open Universities Australia and Griffith University explores the idea that pleasure and pain are never too far apart in popular culture narratives.

Key learning outcomes include the ability to critically examine the relationship between popular culture and the production of its genres.

You will also understand the history and influence of literary traditions on popular fiction genres, and learn to demonstrate rigorous standards of scholarship.

The unit also instructs students in applying theoretical knowledge of popular fiction genres into action in a range of modes.

Eligibility

It’s recommended that you have completed the following units, or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

  • Creative Writing, Forms and Structures
  • Writing the Short Story

Areas of study

In this Writing Crime and Contemporary Romance unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction: what is popular culture and how does it relate to the creation of popular fiction?
  • Introduction to the popular fiction genres of crime and contemporary romance
  • Case studies 1: an analysis of two popular fiction texts and their relationship to historical tradition and contemporary popular culture
  • Crime module 1: hardboiled and noir. The development of the detective novel and the influence of film noir
  • Crime module 2: writing crime. Techniques, genre specifications, and audience expectations
  • Contemporary romance module 1: chick lit and lad fic. The development of the contemporary romance novel
  • Contemporary romance module 2: writing chick lit and lad fic. The techniques, genre specifications and audience expectations
  • Crime module 3: the rise of the anti-hero, the dick is the crim, the dick is a chick, the criminal as hero
  • Contemporary fiction: the role of the familial in contemporary popular fiction narratives
  • The popular fiction writer's boot camp: drafting, editing and refining popular fiction
  • Contemporary romance module 3: departures and subversion, innovation in the chick lit and lad fic genre framework
  • Crime module 4: departures and innovations. The emergence of neo-noir and post-noir formats and the rise of the blended genre form rise of the blend

Course pathways

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Griffith University
  • Bachelor of Communication, Griffith 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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How will this unit advance my career?

At the completion of this unit, budding writers will understand significant aspects of research, drafting and editing necessary for creative responses in popular fiction, and will also have increased abilities in creativity and innovation.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Writing Crime and Contemporary Romance from Griffith 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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Financial assistance

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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