Subject Descriptions - Subject Information

Calendar: 2019 Undergraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
Department: School of the Arts, English and Media

COSMOS mastered subject: Version 2000.01

Subject Information
Subject Code JRNL311
Subject Name Narrative Non-Fiction
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites JRNL203 and JRNL204
Co-Requisites None.
Restrictions None.
Equivalence None.
Assessment Essay 40% Assignment - Non-fiction Work 60%
General Subject No.
EFTSL (Non Weighted) 0.125
Non Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Pre-1997 Pre-2005 Post-2005 Post-2008 Post-2009 Post-2010
$ 820  $ 820  $ 820  $ 820  $ 820  $ 820 
Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
1771-Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Direct Entry)
1777-Bachelor of Laws (Direct Entry)
1827-Bachelor of International Studies - Bachelor of Laws
1845-Bachelor of Information Technology - Bachelor of Laws
1852-Bachelor of Business Information Systems - Bachelor of Laws
760-Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies - Bachelor of Laws
770-Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)
771-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
771H-Course information not Found
772-Bachelor of Creative Arts - Bachelor of Laws
773-Bachelor of Commerce - Bachelor of Laws
774-Bachelor of Mathematics - Bachelor of Laws
775-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775H-Course information not Found
775M-Course information not Found
776-Bachelor of Computer Science - Bachelor of Laws
778-Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology-Bachelor of Laws
779-Bachelor of Engineering - Bachelor of Laws
858-Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Laws
Work Experience No
Tutorial Enrolment Information None.
Availability Not Available in 2019

Subject Description
This subject explores the variety of approaches to contemporary narrative non-fiction: long form magazine journalism; creative non-fiction; literary journalism; book length non-fiction. Students will explore a range of case studies in the genre from early examples of the “New Journalism” through to contemporary examples of the “Lyric Essay”. Through writing exercises students will develop a personal writing style that shows an individual voice while exploring a topic of social concern. One of the features of literary journalism is the depth of research that underpins the written product. Another is the ability to conduct complex long form interviews. Students will focus on developing these skills, both through in-class exercises and by researching and writing their own pieces of literary journalism/creative non-fiction.

Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Articulate a range of key characteristics of literary non-fiction through reference to and analysis of key examples in the genre
2. Demonstrate a range of in-depth interviewing skills and research techniques appropriate to the development of long form non-fiction
3. Identify feature story angles in everyday events and social issues
4. Apply knowledge of the genre and an associated range of storytelling skills to the development and production of original and significant long form non-fiction narratives

Textbook Information
Students will be advised of recommended texts at the commencement of session.
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