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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Area of Study

Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences


The postgraduate writing program enables students to gain an understanding of a range of writing practices in the context of media and communication studies, contemporary cultural theory, and analyses of literary and other media forms. Students will increase their knowledge and understanding of different kinds of contemporary writing, especially prose forms, and acquire detailed knowledge of a range of techniques associated with contemporary cultural production. Research in the postgraduate program allows students to reflect critically on their own writing practices while developing and applying skills and techniques though individual and collaborative projects.

Both coursework and individual research projects in the postgraduate writing program broach the question of how to define the nature and status of "creative" writing. The program deepens student's contextual understanding of writing practices by engaging with a range of theories, with particular reference to feminism, psychoanalysis, postmodernism and post-structuralism, in terms of their potential to shed light on the philosophical and social implications of creative writing practice, where the term "creative" is understood in its broadest sense.


Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research)

Offered by the School of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences

Students are required to complete 48 points of study comprising the following units:

  • ATS4864 Literary theory
  • ATS4805 HUMCASS honours dissertation part 1
  • ATS4806 HUMCASS honours dissertation part 2
  • ATS4807 HUMCASS selected topics in theory and practice
Course coordinator

Dr Sue Yell

Further courses

For a list of units studied or course outlines, refer to the relevant courses.

Relevant Courses

  • 3937 Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research)
  • 2695 Master of Arts*
  • 0020 Doctor of Philosophy*

* By research.