Undergraduate Courses

Writing and English Literatures

This major focuses on the study of literature from various periods and literary practice, and the practical application of this study through creative writing. You will develop analytical skills, critical understanding and the ability to create your own pieces of writing.

You will also be exposed to a wide range of texts, with an emphasis on critical understanding and the practical formation of writing. This major may be combined with any other approved Arts major. Creative industries such as journalism, publishing, advertising, television and other media want the skills you will acquire in this major such as effective written communication, analytical and critical thinking skills.

Major Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the Writing and English Literatures major students will be able to:

  1. Deploy the central approaches of the disciplines of writing and English literatures and understand how these disciplines relate to other areas of study.
  2. Identify and use a range of creative writing strategies across a range of fictional and non-fictional genres.
  3. Analyse a variety of literary texts, their relations to historical contexts, and their contributions to on-going intellectual and aesthetic debates.
  4. Engage with critical theory and use it to inform writing practice.


Subjects Required for Major Study

A major in Writing and English Literatures requires completion of 68 credit points comprised of the subjects listed in the program of study below.

Subject Codesubject NameCredit PointsSession(s)
CACW100Introduction to Creative Writing6Autumn, Spring, Summer
CACW104Text and Context6Spring
ENGL229The Romantics8Autumn
ENGL338The Modernists8Autumn
CACW301Writing Across Borders6Autumn
CACS331Contemporary Theory and Research Practice6Autumn
ENGL312Shakespeare & Early Modern Drama8Spring
ENGL377Social Justice and Children's Literature8Spring
Plus ONE subject from the following:
CACW201Poetic Studio6Spring
CACW202Dramatic Studio6Autumn
CACW203Narrative Studio6Autumn
Plus ONE subject from the following:
CACW231Writing, Representation and Power6Autumn
CACW232Writing and Critical Theory6Spring

Credit Arrangements

Credit and articulation arrangements are available from the Course Finder. Refer to UOW's credit arrangements for information on how to apply for credit.

Other Information

Further information is available at:
UOW Course Finder
Email: lha-enquiries@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 25 November, 2014