- 2018


Minor / Major

Commencement year

This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2018 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 component of any bachelors double degrees.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Managing faculty

Faculty of Arts


Associate Professor Andrew Ng

Contact details

Social sciencesSocial sciences (http://www.monash.edu.my/study/undergraduate/arts-social-sciences/bachelor-arts-social-sciences)



The writing major will enable you to gain an understanding of a range of writing practices in the context of communication and media studies, contemporary cultural theory, and analyses of literary and other media forms. Through the study of writing you will become familiar with different kinds of contemporary writing, especially prose forms, and acquire detailed knowledge of a range of techniques associated with contemporary cultural production. Upper-level units offer the opportunity to reflect critically on your own writing practices while developing and applying skills and techniques though individual and collaborative projects. The emphasis throughout the major is on exploring the many forms and possibilities of writing by contextualising writing practice through reflecting on a range of textual histories and cultural theories.


Writing is listed in the Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences at Malaysia as a minor or major.


In addition to achieving the broad outcomes of their course broadly, students successfully completing this major will:

  1. analyse the symbiotic relationship between the content and the formal features of writing during the act of interpretation
  2. evaluate the way in which writers negotiate with, represent and address, social, political, cultural and ideological issues through various overt and covert writing styles
  3. produce writing in a range of styles for a variety audiences. Among theories of authorship that students will learn include Authorial Criticism, New Criticism, Structuralism, Poststructuralism and Psychoanalytical Criticism.


Minor requirements (24 points)

No more than 12 points at level 1 may be credited to the minorminor (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2018handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html).

Students complete:

  1. Two level 1 gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2018handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):
  2. Two units (12 points), including at least one level 2 or level 3 unit, from the cornerstone or capstone unitscapstone units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2018handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) in the major or from the following:

Major requirements (48 points)

No more than 12 points at level 1 may be credited to the majormajor (http://www.monash.edu.%20au/pubs/2018handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html) and at least 18 points must be at level 3.

Students complete:

  1. Two level 1 gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2018handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):
  2. Two level 2 cornerstone unitscornerstone units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2018handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):
    • AMU2498 Contemporary fiction
    • AMU2832 Postcolonial and diasporic literature
  3. Two level 3 capstone units (12 points) from two categories:

    One workplace integrated learning capstone chosen from:

    • AMU3575 Task force: Responding to global challenges
    • AMU3744 Workplace learning internship

    One writing capstone chosen from the following:

  4. Two units (12 points), including at least one additional level 3 unit, from the remaining capstone unitscapstone units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2018handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) or the electives below:

Relevant courses

Successful completion of the minor or major can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the following single degree:*

  • A2006 Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences

Students in other single bachelor's degrees may be eligible to complete the minor or major by using 24 or 48 points of their free electives.

* Students cannot complete both the minor and major in the same area of study.