Monash University

Undergraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2015 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

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This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2015 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Arts component of any bachelors double degrees.

Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Arts and Social Sciences
CoordinatorDr Julian Hopkins


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • The sequence of units and units available differ between campuses. Refer to the individual campus entries listed below. Also available via off-campus learning.


The writing major provides a sequence of units which 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. Units in writing enable students to become familiar with different kinds of contemporary writing, especially prose forms, and to acquire detailed knowledge of a range of techniques associated with contemporary cultural production. Upper-level units provide students with the opportunity to reflect critically on their own writing practices while developing and applying skills and techniques though individual and collaborative projects. The emphasis through the major is on exploring the many forms and possibilities of writing by contextualising writing practice through reflection on a range of textual histories and cultural theories.


Minor in writing

Students completing a minor in writing must complete four units (24 points) including:

(a.) two first-year gateway units (12 points)

(b.) two elective units from List A only (12 points)

Note: Students can take the second-year cornerstone units from the major as electives

Major in writing

Students completing a major in writing must complete eight units (48 points) including:

(a.) two first-year gateway units (12 points)

(b.) at least two second-year cornerstone units (12 points) chosen from:

  • AMU2498 Contemporary fiction
  • AMU2832 Postcolonial and diasporic literature

(c.) at least one third-year capstone unit (6 points) chosen from:

  • AMU3650 A world in crisis: Multilevel responses to global emergencies
  • AMU3857 Writing techniques
  • AMU3858 Writing experiments

(d.) three additional elective units from List A (18 points)

A minimum of three units (18 points) must be completed at third-year level

Note: Students can take the remaining cornerstone and capstone units as electives

Elective units

List A

Relevant courses


Single degrees

  • 3910 Bachelor of Arts (Global)
  • 3920 Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences)