Unit description

Introduces students to the craft of writing about family. Issues such as boundaries, sexuality, and motive are explored. Students develop their writing skills and understanding of family context and its impact on the socio-political self.

Unit content

Topic 1:  Family and the Oedipus myth. Types of family (nuclear, non-normative, non-procreative).

Topic 2:  Translating experience into text. Looking and memoir, motive and record. Influence on sexuality.

Topic 3:   Interrogation of works about family as written in other cultures.

Topic 4:   Writing about self in family. Complexity of relationship, shaping of self. Testing borders and boundaries.

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1discuss the definitions of family in 21st centuryIntellectual rigourCreativity
2identify and deconstruct motives for writing about familyIntellectual rigour
3describe the family constellation, social context and the impact it has on growth and developmentCreativityCultural competence

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

  1. discuss the definitions of family in 21st century
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
  2. identify and deconstruct motives for writing about family
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  3. describe the family constellation, social context and the impact it has on growth and development
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA7: Cultural competence

Prescribed texts

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Teaching and assessment


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