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HYM5270 - Research Methods in Biography and Life Writing

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Barbara Caine


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


As for HYM4270


Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Understand the research processes involved in writing biography and life stories, particularly the use of existing published works, archives and oral history.
  2. Demonstrate an awareness of the ethical and legal issues involved in biography and life writing.

3. Understand the theoretical issues involved in the discipline, including questions about style, audience and readership. 4. Develop advanced skills in written and oral
communication. 5. Develop skills in working as a group. 6. Develop advanced skills in using new technology


Seminar paper (2000-3000 words); 30%;
Outline of research project including literature review, discussion of method and time line (6000 words): 50%;
1 seminar presentation 10%;
General seminar performance 10%

Contact hours

2 hour seminar per week


HSY4270, HYM4270