- 2019



Commencement year

This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2019 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 minor will introduce you to a range of writing practices in the context of communication and media studies, cultural theory, and literary studies. You will become familiar with conventions and experimentation in contemporary writing, especially prose forms, and gain appreciation for the various techniques associated with them in their contemporary production. Upper-level units offer the opportunity to reflect critically on, and consolidate, your own writing practices as you apply the skills and techniques you have learned in individual and collaborative projects. The emphasis throughout the minor is on writing not only as a means of self-expression and communication, but as a craft that clarifies our individuality and creativity through exploring possibilities and innovations afforded by writing.


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


In addition to achieving the broad outcomes of their course broadly, students successfully completing this minor 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/2019handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html).

Students complete:

  1. Two level 1 gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):
    • AMU1314 Writing techniques: Forms and literary devices
    • AMU1312 Introduction to creative writing
  2. One level 2 and 3 unit (12 points) respectively:
    • AMU2315Not offered in 2019 Strategies in writing experiments
    • AMU3859Not offered in 2019 Writing Portfolio

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.