Writing the Zeitgeist

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: 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

With all the different modes of delivery available today there are more ways than ever for your writing to reach its audience. But what are they interested in reading? This online unit of study explores the zeitgeist and how to tap into it through your writing.

Whether you’re a sports writer, storyteller or news hound, you will benefit from this unit. It’s designed to open up your abilities and give you the opportunity to experiment with emerging and mainstream contemporary genres such as writing for the internet, zine writing and producing opinion pieces.

As well as improving your style and expanding your writing repertoire, you will also study the impact of writing on contemporary life – and with so much information at your fingertips, the written word is more pervasive than ever before.

Delivered online by Open Universities Australia in partnership with Curtin University, this unit counts towards a range of Bachelor of Arts programs at Curtin University.

Eligibility

Anyone can apply; however, as this is a level 2 unit, an introductory level of study or prior knowledge is assumed and recommended.

Areas of study

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

  • Writing within the zeitgeist
  • From new journalism to creative non-fiction
  • Writing for the web
  • Writing the report
  • Writing about music
  • Writing about film
  • Writing the gallery and museum
  • Writing for a cause
  • Sports writing
  • Zine writing and DIY publishing
  • A zeitgeist manifesto?
  • Concluding the zeitgeist?

Course pathways

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

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

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 will give you the tools you need to cut through to your audiences and prepare you to write in a number of contemporary genres.

Completing this unit of study also counts towards a number of arts programs at Curtin University.

By taking this unit you will have gained:

  • An understanding of different genres and the reasons for their popularity today
  • A chance to try new writing techniques
  • The ability to critically analyse your work and the work of others
  • An appreciation for the power of writing in today’s society

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Writing the Zeitgeist 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 is 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 FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP for this unit, 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).

Find out more about government study loans here.
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