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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will learn effective written communication skills for the Arts. Students will be introduced to a variety of key texts and narratives in the humanities and social sciences: from masterpieces and manifestos, to memes. Students will select a text or narrative based on their personal interests (e.g. Orwell's 1984; The Communist Manifesto; Orange is the New Black) to investigate throughout the semester, discovering its broader cultural meaning. They will be guided through critical and analytical skills as they progress toward their final research essay, learning how to understand texts in their historical and social context. Each week students will produce a piece of writing that critically engages with their chosen text or narrative. This folio of writing builds towards a final research essay. This subject is a first-year core for students in the Diploma in Arts (Bundoora). Each week students will attend a lecture, a tutorial and a workshop, where they will master their written communication skills and engage in close reading of texts.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSara James

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesLectures, tutorials, workshops, tutorial activities, folio, essay

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in Diploma in Arts (Bundoora)


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Practice critical-thinking and creative problem-solving skills in academic tasks of reading, writing, and presentation to peers.
02. Demonstrate research skills including the ability to effectively access and evaluate resources.
03. Demonstrate effective written communication across multiple tasks throughout the semester.
04. Differentiate between primary and secondary sources and produce a written analysis of these sources.
05. Understand texts in their social and historical context.

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