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Unit description

Introduces students to the study and practice of auto/biography. Will explore a range of texts of the genres and those contemporary theories of the subject which are so pertinent to the writing and reading of auto/biography. Gives students the opportunity to write an auto/biographical piece.

Unit content

  • Writing lives
  • Writing the self
  • Writing others
  • Lives in context
  • Writing from the margins
  • Political lives: Writing and advocacy

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
1demonstrate an understanding of auto/biographical theory and practiceIntellectual rigourCreativity
2demonstrate an ability to devise and develop a creative project within a life-writing genre of their own choosingCreativity
3analyse and interpret a range of critical approaches (for example, feminist, post structural and postcolonial) relevant to auto/biographyIntellectual rigour
4analyse the representations of the subject within discourse and practices of cultureCultural competence
5identify their own place within those cultural enterprises in which the multiple meanings of the subject are negotiated and performed in the writing of auto/biography.CreativityCultural competence

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

  1. demonstrate an understanding of auto/biographical theory and practice
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
  2. demonstrate an ability to devise and develop a creative project within a life-writing genre of their own choosing
    • GA2: Creativity
  3. analyse and interpret a range of critical approaches (for example, feminist, post structural and postcolonial) relevant to auto/biography
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  4. analyse the representations of the subject within discourse and practices of culture
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  5. identify their own place within those cultural enterprises in which the multiple meanings of the subject are negotiated and performed in the writing of auto/biography.
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA7: Cultural competence

Prescribed texts

  • This textbook (previously known as The Arvon Book of Life Writing, and which is fine for use in this unit) can be purchased online or as an eBook if not available in bookshop: Cline, S & Angier, C , 2013, Life Writing: A Writers' and Artists' Companion, Bloomsbury Methuen Drama , London. ISBN: 9781472527066.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Tutorial online 1 hour  (12 weeks)
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Structured online learning 1 hour (12 weeks)
Assessment
Draft Creative Work30%
Final Creative Work40%
Critical review30%
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Fee information

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