WRIT401-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019

Advanced Reading and Writing

30 points
18 Feb 2019 - 23 Jun 2019


This course teaches students to develop advanced writing skills in a range of genres and styles through exposure to research on writing and through the critical analysis of models of excellent writing.

Three main principles underlie the approach taken in this course. The first is that versatile writing skills are best learnt and practised by engagement with a wide range of genres and registers. The second is that the most effective writing involves the interconnection of critical analysis, research, professionalism, and creativity. And the third is that the essential way to acquire skills in writing is to begin with close critical reading of models of the genres and styles being learnt; that reading widely and closely cannot be separated from learning how to write, just as hearing a language spoken is vital to learning how to speak it.

Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of this course you will be able to
  • undertake advanced critical analysis of the writing of others and apply what you discover to your own writing;
  • write effectively within a range of registers and genres, and for a range of purposes;
  • respond to the requirements of a range of different audiences and media;
  • engage the creative dimensions of professional writing and the professional dimensions of creative writing;
  • undertake research relevant to your writing tasks;
  • provide advanced editorial advice for other writers;
  • understand and articulate the implications of being a writer in Aotearoa/New Zealand/Niu Sila, especially in regard to te ao me te reo Māori and the Pasifika philosophy of teu le va.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Entry is subject to approval of the Head of Department. RP: A Bachelor's degree (with at least a B average in 300-level courses) in any subject in which writing comprises a significant part of the assessment

Recommended Preparation

A Bachelor's degree (with at least a B average in 300-level courses) in any subject in which writing comprises a significant part of the assessment

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 12:00 - 14:00 Jack Erskine 242 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 16:00 - 18:00 Jack Erskine 239 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Philip Armstrong


Daniel Bedggood and Nicholas Wright


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Writing journal 5%
Short exercises 25%
Short exercises 30%
Two longer projects 40%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,847.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts.

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