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ENH2780 - Writing as Social Practice 1

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Nina Philadelphoff-Puren


Not offered in 2007


This unit will investigate the genre of the academic essay as a disciplinary technology and introduce students to a range of theories and alternative academic genres which contest this effect. Students will be encouraged to consider the practice of reading and writing (both their own texts and those of others) from a perspective informed by contemporary critical theory and feminism. Students will develop two major pieces of writing over the course of the semester through the practice of drafting, revision and editing in small group sessions. Basic proof-reading symbols and copy-editing skills will be taught over the semester to enhance this process.


By the conclusion of the subject you should have:

  1. An understanding of the relation between writing and the social world.
  2. An understanding of theories of semiotics, subjectivity and discourse.
  3. The ability to connect these ideas to the practice of reading and writing.
  4. A knowledge of the history of the written interview.
  5. Enhanced written skills in both academic and non-academic genres.
  6. Developed editing and revision skills.


Essay (2000 words): 40%
Workshop project (1000 words): 25%
Folio presentation (1000 words): 25%
Copy-editing test: 10%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week


One of the following first year units/sequences: ENH1250, CLS1010/1020 or CLS1040/1050