Writing Humour

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Curtin 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 Humour unit from Open Universities Australia and Curtin University examines the characteristics and conventions of humour writing.

Studying this unit, you will experiment with a range of generic humour-writing characteristics and conventions. You will also learn to critique and evaluate humorous texts, peer creative production and personal creative practice, as well as analyse relevant ethical and cross-cultural issues.

Core learning outcomes also include research and analysis of the social, cultural and psychological dynamics of humour writing.

Eligibility

There are no prerequisites for this unit; however, level 3 units assume a moderate level of prior knowledge in this area.

Areas of study

In this Writing Humour unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Theories and techniques of humour
  • Comedy and satire
  • Irony and wit
  • Strategies and techniques for writing humour
  • Parody
  • The grotesque, nonsensical and absurd
  • Humour as investigative reporting
  • Stand up and joke writing
  • Aussie humour
  • Humour ethics and humour in the workplace

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Professional Writing and Publishing), Curtin 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?

This unit equips you with the skills to not only pursue a career as a humourist, but also assists with professional writing careers including film and television screenwriter blogger, columnist, author, website content creator, English teacher, and features writer.

Understanding the nuances of writing humour, will add a level of sophistication and depth to your writing.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Humour Writing from Curtin 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 FEE-HELP or HECS-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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