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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2010
Coordinator(s)Nina Philadelphoff-Puren


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.

  1. An understanding of theories of semiotics, subjectivity and discourse.

  1. The ability to connect these ideas to the practice of reading and writing.

  1. A knowledge of the history of the written interview.

  1. Enhanced written skills in both academic and non-academic genres.

  1. Developed editing and revision skills.


Minor essay: 30% (2000 words)
Major essay: 40% (2500 words)
Class test (1 hour): 20%
Participation 10%
Third year students are required to demonstrate broader critical reading and greater analytic grasp of the topic than second year students and will be invited to make tutorial presentations.

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study



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