Writing Studies (2023)
Effective writing, and the critical and analytical skills it demands, is as essential for a university education as it is in professional life beyond the university. Taken either as a stand-alone major or as a supporting subject, Writing Studies foregrounds critical and cultural awareness, develops an understanding of how language works, and fosters the creativity and intellectual independence which are the prerequisites for excellent academic, professional and creative writing.
Writing Studies is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Arts (BA). Writing Studies may also be taken as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.
To complete Writing Studies as a single major for the BA, students must gain 135 points from the papers listed for Writing Studies including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must complete WRITE202 and WRITE390, 15 points at 300 level from ENGLI papers listed for the Writing Studies major and at least 15 further points in WRITE papers at 300 level.
To complete Writing Studies as part of a double major for the BA or other undergraduate degree, students must gain 120 points from the papers listed for Writing Studies, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must include WRITE202 and WRITE390.
To complete a minor in Writing Studies, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for Writing Studies, including WRITE202 and a further 15 points above 100 level.
A graduate programme in Writing Studies is also available through the Master of Professional Writing. For further details, see Professional Writing, or contact the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences Office.
Note: Students are encouraged to contact the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences Office for programme advice.
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- Prescriptions for the GradCert(WritSt) and GradDip(WritSt)
- 100 Level
- 200 Level
- 300 Level
- 500 Level
- 900 Level
Prescriptions for the GradCert(WritSt) and GradDip(WritSt)
A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Writing Studies at an advanced level in their first degree.
For further details, contact the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences Office.
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location ARTSC105 Language in Context 15.0 23B (Online) Language in Context is an essential paper for students of a broad range of disciplines where language and communication are a focus. Students are given the tools to examine how human language reflects our histories, our social selves, and our immediate physical contexts. We observe how language is used to reinvent and to reinforce ... ENGLI100 Telling the Story 15.0 23A (Hamilton) This paper examines the deep stories which are at the core of the English literary tradition and the wider Western canon, using picturebooks, fairytales, popular film, detective fiction and short stories. WRITE100 Writing for Academic Success 15.0 23A (Hamilton), 23A (Online), 23A (Tauranga), 23B (Hamilton), 23B (Online), 23JS (Hamilton), 23JS (Online) & 23JS (Tauranga) The paper gives opportunities for undergraduate students to develop their academic literacy skills. It begins with general academic communication and research skills and then embeds academic literacy practice within disciplines of study.
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location ENGLI201 Utopias and Dystopias 15.0 23A (Hamilton) This paper provides an introduction to utopian and dystopian writing and the way in which literature gives voice to the dreams and fears of humanity. LINGS203 Language, Society and Culture 15.0 23B (Hamilton) This paper explores the relationship between language and culture, particularly in the context of changing Pacific cultures, and relates topics to the main themes of modern linguistics and anthropology. PUBRL204 Contemporary Public Relations Writing 15.0 23A (Hamilton) Modern communications professionals write to represent organisations across many different audiences, purposes and contexts. PUBRL204 teaches students to select and use a range of genres from established media to emerging digital platforms. WRITE201 Food Writing 15.0 23B (Hamilton) This paper uses writing about food, including recipes, memoirs, restaurant reviews and researched food writing, as the primary materials in a learning experience with an intensive applied writing focus. WRITE202 Creative Writing: Voice and Image 15.0 23B (Hamilton) This course explores the basic elements of imaginative writing - image and voice - concentrating the student's attention on the central writing practices of 'seeing' and 'saying.' WRITE203 Creative Writing: Inspiring Work 15.0 23G (Hamilton) This intensive, workshop-based paper, taught by award-winning novelist Catherine Chidgey, examines the concept of inspiration as it applies to creative writing. Students will consider historical theories of artistic inspiration as well as the methods of practising writers. Thematic lectures around the central topic will address rit... WRITE205 Writing for the Screen 15.0 23A (Hamilton) This paper explores foundational concepts in writing for the screen and develops practical skills in the application of these concepts during workshop sessions. The paper is organised around four main topic areas: world-making, characters, structures, and scenes/sequences. Students will produce a portfolio of writing, including pro...
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location ENGLI301 Genre Studies: Challenging Forms 15.0 23A (Hamilton) This paper is an intensive study of specific literary forms such as tragedy, poetry, travel writing, autobiography, and crime writing. The focus will vary from year to year. LCOMM301 Professional Speaking 15.0 23A (Hamilton) This highly practical paper focuses on the skills, principles, and practices of developing and delivering professional speeches and presentations across a wide range of professional purposes and contexts LINGS301 Research Apprenticeship 15.0 23B (Hamilton) This paper provides students with an opportunity to pursue an extended research project, in a sub-discipline of linguistics or anthropology (e.g. sociolinguistics, typology, documentation, anthropology), focusing on a heritage language/culture. LINGS304 Applied Linguistics 15.0 23A (Hamilton) This paper provides an introduction to areas of research and professional practice in applied linguistics, including language acquisition, second language teaching, language planning, lexicography, translation, forensic linguistics and speech language therapy. SCIEN300 Science Communication 15.0 23G (Hamilton) This paper discusses different ways in which science can be communicated by scientists to others. It gives students opportunities to practise verbal, written, visual and other forms of communication. WRITE300 Creative Writing: Creative Non-fiction 15.0 23A (Hamilton) This course explores the key elements of creative non-fiction writing, engaging with a variety of non-fiction texts including memoir, biography, the personal/lyric essay, and auto/biographical meta-fiction. WRITE390 Directed Study 15.0 23A (Hamilton) & 23B (Hamilton) This independent but guided writing project is compulsory for students majoring in Writing Studies WRITE396 Writing Studies Work Placement 15.0 23X (Hamilton) In this paper, students work as interns in a professional workplace where excellent writing is core business. Assessment is based on a written report and on workplace performance.
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location APPLN501 Research Methods in Applied Linguistics 30.0 23A (Hamilton) The overall aim of this paper is to provide students with a critical awareness of a range of issues and skills associated with carrying out research in the area of applied linguistics. CWRIT594 Creative Writing Thesis 120.0 23X (Hamilton) This paper will provide students the opportunity to devise, carry out and revise an independent and original creative writing manuscript, while receiving supervision and peer feedback within a creative workshop environment. Students are selected by portfolio assessment: application portfolios due by the first Friday in June. LLTED522 Teaching Writers 30.0 23A (Online) This paper provides an opportunity for participants to build a professional community in which they critically consider theories, discourses, and experiences that influence writers and teachers of writing. This class layers conceptual and practical elements of writing and teaching writers, and participants are expected to develop d... LLTED523 The Joy and Disruption of Children's Literature 30.0 23B (Online) In this paper we engage with the depth and traditions of current scholarship in the field of children's literature using texts from a wide range of contexts. The course begins by covering a wide scope of current issues in children's literature and ends with an opportunity for students to gain deep knowledge of a topic of their choi... MEDIA501 Critical and Creative Approaches to Research 30.0 23A (Hamilton) & 23B (Hamilton) This paper identifies the constraints and freedoms of research methods, and places a strong emphasis on research as an intellectual, theoretical, and processual activity as well as the roles of interdisciplinary projects in creating unique methodological and conceptual media research. MEDIA507 Theory and Research in Action 30.0 23A (Hamilton) & 23B (Hamilton) Have you got a topic you are passionate about to research? This supervised paper provides students the opportunity to engage with primary texts in preparation for writing their dissertation. You will explore research design frameworks which will support the completion of a robust dissertation. WRITE501 Writing for Publication 30.0 23A (Hamilton) This paper explores different forms of published output, including poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction, writing for advertising, digital and print media, and essays/features. WRITE501 addresses research, drafting, editing and proof-reading, and issues such as privacy, defamation and informed consent. WRITE503 Professional Writing Internship 30.0 23X (Hamilton) This paper allows students to gain professional writing experience in the workplace, under the guidance of an academic supervisor and the specialist supervision of a workplace mentor. WRITE546 Creative Writing: Writing and Embodiment 30.0 23A (Hamilton) A writing-intensive paper focused on the ways in which 'embodiment' is key in generating vital characters, shaping dramatic narratives, and crafting resonant sentences aware of the sensory impact of language. WRITE591 Dissertation 30.0 23X (Hamilton) This paper will provide graduate students with the opportunity to devise, carry out and revise a writing-focused dissertation, under appropriate supervision and guidance. WRITE592 Dissertation 60.0 23X (Hamilton) This paper will provide students with the opportunity to devise, carry out and revise an extended writing-focused dissertation, under appropriate supervision and guidance. WRITE593 Professional Writing Thesis 90.0 23X (Hamilton) This paper will provide students the opportunity to devise, carry out and revise an independent thesis focussed on a specialised field of writing studies, under appropriate supervision and guidance. WRITE594 Professional Writing Thesis 120.0 23X (Hamilton) This paper will provide students the opportunity to devise, carry out and revise an extended and independent thesis focussed on a specialised field of writing studies, under appropriate supervision.
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location CWRIT900 Creative Writing PhD Thesis 120.0 23I (Hamilton), 23J (Hamilton), 23K (Hamilton) & 23X (Hamilton) No description available.
2023 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 22 February 2024 8:39am