The Bachelor of Letters (Creative Writing) is a 108 unit program that must be studied concurrently with another Bachelor degree at an approved Australian higher education institution, for which 72 units of block credit will be awarded on completion of the requirements of the other degree. The Bachelor of Letters (Creative Writing) is normally studied part-time over three years concurrently with the other Bachelor degree, thus adding one extra year to the overall study program. It is offered by the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.
The specialisation undertaken by the student will be identified on the student’s transcript of academic record and on the parchment presented to the student on completion of the course.
Students who complete 36 units of Flinders topics according to the program of study below but who do not complete the requirements of their other Bachelor degree may be eligible to exit with a Diploma of Letters (Creative Writing).
To gain entry into the Bachelor of Letters an applicant must be enrolled in a Bachelor degree (AQF level 7) at an approved Australian higher education institution.
The course aims to:
- equip students with a thorough grounding in the major content and concerns of literature and writing practice throughout the epochs
- produce graduates who are able to analyse critically different texts in a range of situations and contexts
- provide students with the skills required to assist them in developing and publishing works of creative writing and to identify the range of fields and professions within the creative writing industry
- provide students with an appreciation of the role of the writer in the working community.
On the completion of the course students will be able to:
- generalise their writing skills across a range of professions
- defend their knowledge of literature and creative writing throughout the epochs
- critique the cultural and literary merit of literature and other creative works are, and have been, defined
- discuss interpretations of literary texts
- assess the professional pathways available to creative writers and understand the role of the writer in the community
Program of study
To qualify for the Bachelor of Letters (Creative Writing), a student must complete the requirements for his/her other bachelor degree, and 36 units at Flinders University, according to the program of study set out below, with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic.
No topic may be counted towards both the Bachelor of Letters and the student’s other bachelor degree, if that degree is studied at Flinders University. Students who have previously completed core topics below will be required to undertake additional option topics from the list below, or other topics agreed on with the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, to complete 36-units of study.
Students are not normally permitted to undertake cross-institutional study or exchange study within the Bachelor of Letters (Creative Writing).
Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.
Specialisation - Creative Writing
Year 1 topics
CRWR1001 Ideas: Imitation and Originality (4.5 units)
CRWR1002 Story: Who, What, When, Where (4.5 units)
Year 2 topics
CRWR2001 Editing and the Industry (4.5 units)
CRWR2002 Love and Death (4.5 units)
Year 3 topics
CRWR3001 The Epic (4.5 units)
CRWR3002 The Fantastic (4.5 units)
plus select an additional 9 units from the topics listed below:
ENGL2121 Adaptations: Literature on Screen (4.5 units)
ENGL2141 Life Writing (4.5 units)
ENGL2146 Gothic: Terror, Horror and the Supernatural (4.5 units)
ENGL2147 Medieval Myths: the Origins of Modern Fantasy (4.5 units)
ENGL3110 Canon to Contemporary (4.5 units)
ENGL3111 Epic Literature: Medieval to Early Modern (4.5 units)
ENGL3211 Telling True Stories (4.5 units)
ENGL3113 Heroes, Monsters and Vikings: Early Medieval Language and Literature (4.5 units)
PHIL2609 Philosophy and Literature (4.5 units)