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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Unit aim

Introduces students to the study and practice of auto/biography. Will explore a range of texts of the genres and those contemporary theories of the subject which are so pertinent to the writing and reading of auto/biography. Gives students the opportunity to write an auto/biographical piece.

Unit content

  • Writing lives
  • Writing the self
  • Writing others
  • Lives in context
  • Writing from the margins
  • Political lives: Writing and advocacy

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 demonstrate an understanding of auto/biographical theory and practice
2 demonstrate an ability to devise and develop a creative project within a life-writing genre of their own choosing
3 analyse and interpret a range of critical approaches relevant to auto/biography
4 reflect critically and constructively on their own and others' writing.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of auto/biographical theory and practice
  2. demonstrate an ability to devise and develop a creative project within a life-writing genre of their own choosing
  3. analyse and interpret a range of critical approaches relevant to auto/biography
  4. reflect critically and constructively on their own and others' writing.

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.