Writing Through Character

Subject 106-366 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - 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


Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1-hour lecture and a 1.5-hour workshop
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Prerequisites: Usually 12.5 points of first year creative writing and 25 points of second year creative writing.
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Philip Salom
Subject Overview:

In this subject students will examine practices of character construction in a range of forms, including fiction and script. Analysis will focus on various theories of subjectivity and representation, and also how the dynamics of monologue, dialogue and polyphony work to construct and deconstruct the reading and recognition of character. Students will engage with the creative work of writers from a variety of cultures and write, perform and workshop an extended piece of their own creative work within the class unit.

Assessment: A work in prose or script equivalent to 3000 words 80% (half due mid-semester, complete work due end of semester), an analysis or exegesis of personal creative work of 1000 words 10% (due end of semester), and a 30-minute class presentation (scheduled throughout the semester) and participation in workshops/exercises 10%. A hurdle requirement of attendance at 80% of seminars/workshops is required in order to submit assessment for this subject and be eligible for a passing grade. 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.
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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:
  • access a broad range of resource material, including traditional text and electronic material;

  • demonstrate advanced communication skills;

  • work successfully with peers;

  • demonstrate the ability and self-confidence to comprehend complex structural and organisational concepts.


This subject is available to Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Creative Arts students and may be credited to a major in Creative Writing in either course. Previously offered as 760-429, students who have completed that subject are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

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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