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Unit description

Introduces students to fictional explorations of shades of morality, the complexity of human motivation and situations where morality and the law conflict. Students will practice writing craft and write their own short story about a character facing a moral quandary with legal implications.

Unit content

Topic 1: Building complex, multi-faceted characters. Contradictory aspects of character, layers of motivation. Character desire and how it drives plot.

Topic 2: Building tension with scene and dialogue. How to convey the character’s inner world through scene and framing of moral dilemas.

Topic 3: Point of view and narrative distance. Who’s narrating the story and how does that choice affect the story and reader?

Topic 4: Plot, rising action and framing a short story which encapsualtes a moral quandary. 

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1demonstrate understanding of how to build a complex character using reflection, exposition, scene, and dialogue
2demonstrate understanding of the difference between scene and summary
3show ability to write with both a remote and close narrative distance
4demonstrate ability to write rising action and a compelling moral quandary

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate understanding of how to build a complex character using reflection, exposition, scene, and dialogue
  2. demonstrate understanding of the difference between scene and summary
  3. show ability to write with both a remote and close narrative distance
  4. demonstrate ability to write rising action and a compelling moral quandary

Prescribed texts

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Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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