Travel, Landscape and Place

Subject 106-311 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2.5-hour seminar/workshop per week.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Usually 12.5 points of first year creative writing and 25 points of second year creative writing.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


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Subject Overview:

This subject will introduce students to a range of genres that deal with creative writing and its historical and contemporary relationship to travel, landscape and place writing. The subject defines both 'travel' and 'place' within a wide framework and will visit diverse journeys and their destinations, such as shopping centres, railway stations, the coast and variations of 'the outback', and 'the frontier'. The subject will engage with travel and place writing from both the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, while also speculating on the 'place' of travel and place writing within the global economies and cultures of the new millennium. Themes covered in the subject will include both colonial and postcolonial writing; the success of travel and 'tourist' writing within contemporary popular culture; in addition to critiques of travel writing in particular which attempt to produce a subversive 'anti' travel genre of place writing. The subject aims to encourage students to develop both a critical and creative 'eye' and assist them to produce writing that is intellectually original and stimulating.

Assessment: One 1500 word piece of creative writing 35% (due at the end of semester) and one 2500 words piece 55% (due at the end of the semester) and class participation 10%.Note:Assessment submitted late without an approved formal extension will be penalised at 2% per day. Students who fail to submit up to 2-weeks after the final due date without a formal extension and/or special consideration will receive a fail grade for the piece of assessment.
Prescribed Texts: Prescribed Texts:A subject reader will be available from the University Bookshop
Breadth Options: This subject is a level 2 or level 3 subject and is not available to new generation degree students as a breadth option in 2008.
This subject or an equivalent will be available as breadth in the future.
Breadth subjects are currently being developed and these existing subject details can be used as guide to the type of options that might be available.
2009 subjects to be offered as breadth will be finalised before re-enrolment for 2009 starts in early October.
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • have acquired research skills through competent use of the library and other information sources, and the definition of areas of inquiry and methods of research;

  • have acquired skills in critical thinking and analytical skills through recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion, and by determining the strength of an argument;

  • have acquired skills in thinking in theoretical terms through workshops, essay writing and engagement in the methodologies of the humanities and social sciences.


Students who have completed 106-221 Creative Writing: Travel and Place are not eligible to enrol in this subject. This subject is available to Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Creative Arts students and may be credited towards a major in Creative Writing in either course.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts(Media and Communications)
Bachelor of Creative Arts
Bachelor of Creative Arts and Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Creative Arts and Bachelor of Teaching
Diploma in Arts (Creative Writing)
Diploma in Creative Arts
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Creative Writing)
Graduate Certificate in Arts(English Literary Studies)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Creative Writing)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (English Literature)

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