Course Title: Contemporary Australian Writing

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Contemporary Australian Writing

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


335H Applied Communication


Sem 2 2009


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Brigid Magner

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2911

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Contemporary Australian Writing is a course in which you will examine recent fictional and factual Australian writing. You will explore the significance of place to our sense of who we are and our belonging to community. The theme of place in the literary imagination evokes many sub-themes, such as perceptions of the Australian landscape, the migrant experience in a ’new’ land, and the tensions of indigenous/settler relations.

You will study a range of texts and authors, exploring what it means to be an Australian writer in the contemporary cultural and industrial landscape. You will also develop your own creative response to the theme of writing and place.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Synthesise and apply learned skills of writing, reading, revising and researching to inform, improve and position your creative writing effectively.
  • Critically read and analyse a range of theoretical, historical, cultural and contemporary texts in order to inform and develop your professional practice.



Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Communicate conceptual thinking about place as a real and imagined entity through exploratory discussion and crafted writing.
  • Read critically a range of genres of Australian writing to recognise generic and stylistic features.
  • Conduct research through print and electronic sources and assess the usefulness of references for your purposes.
  • Plan and compose your own creative writing on the theme of place and Australia.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of activities such as studios, project work, lectures, tutorials, class discussion, individual and group activities.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for Creative Writing students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include essays, reports, reflective papers, creative projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. 


Assessment Tasks  

Assessment Task 1: Reflection on Identity, 30% CLO1, and CLO4 

Assessment Task 2: Class Presentation, 30% CLO2, CLO3  

Assessment Task 3: Scholarly Book Review, 40% CLO2, CLO3  


Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.