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ENGL227 Essay and Feature Writing

A practical course developing the skills of rhetoric and persuasive writing, in a variety of popular essay genres, through regular workshopping, and the reading and analysis of non-specialist texts from a variety of media.

Most of the writing we encounter on a daily basis is not what we traditionally think of as 'literature' (fiction, drama, poetry), but rather what we rather unconvincingly call 'non-fiction'. This is writing that is intended to inform and explain, amuse and argue, describe and persuade; and whilst such writing is often 'professional' (rather than 'creative'), we often overlook the obvious fact that the best of it is read for the same reason as literature: that is, for pleasure. This paper will focus on the rhetoric of prose and on writing (and reading) in the range of non-fiction genres, including travel writing, profiles, argument and polemic, autobiographical reflection, social and political commentary and reviews (books, film, music, etc). That being said, students have a great deal of choice about their precise subject matter. The paper assumes competence in writing in English, including grammar and construction, and it is strongly recommended that students have successfully completed ENGL 127.

Paper title Essay and Feature Writing
Paper code ENGL227
Subject English
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
One 100-level ENGL paper (excluding ENGL 126) or 36 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
paul.tankard@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor and Lecturer: Dr Paul Tankard
Paper Structure
  • Lectures on rhetorical issues
  • Workshopping/peer review of work for assessment
  • Eight weekly assessments requiring writing in a variety of specified genres (on topics of students' choosing)
  • Two final essays
All assessment internal
Teaching Arrangements
13 weekly lectures, including two in-class assessments
eight workshops/seminars
one individual consultation per student with tutor
Textbooks
Course Reader (available at the Print Shop)
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • To experience writing in a variety of non-fictional sub-genres
  • To become aware of the mindset and skill set to be deployed in writing pleasurable prose
  • To learn and practise various rhetorical strategies
  • To develop and exercise an informed and critical judgement in and of their own and each other's writing
  • To produce a folio of polished personal writing

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41

Seminar

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Tuesday 09:00-10:50 29-32, 34, 36, 38-39
A2 Wednesday 11:00-12:50 29-32, 34, 36, 38-39

A practical course developing the skills of rhetoric and persuasive writing, in a variety of popular essay genres, through regular workshopping, and the reading and analysis of non-specialist texts from a variety of media.

Most of the writing we encounter on a daily basis is not what we traditionally think of as 'literature' (fiction, drama, poetry), but rather what we rather unconvincingly call 'non-fiction'. This is writing that is intended to inform and explain, amuse and argue, describe and persuade; and whilst such writing is often 'professional' (rather than 'creative'), we often overlook the obvious fact that the best of it is read for the same reason as literature: that is, for pleasure. This paper will focus on the rhetoric of prose and on writing (and reading) in the range of non-fiction genres, including travel writing, profiles, argument and polemic, autobiographical reflection, social and political commentary and reviews (books, film, music, etc). That being said, students have a great deal of choice about their precise subject matter. The paper assumes competence in writing in English, including grammar and construction, and it is strongly recommended that students have successfully completed ENGL 127.

Paper title Essay and Feature Writing
Paper code ENGL227
Subject English
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $868.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

^ Top of page

Prerequisite
One 100-level ENGL paper (excluding ENGL 126) or 36 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
paul.tankard@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor and Lecturer: Dr Paul Tankard
Paper Structure
  • Lectures on rhetorical issues
  • Workshopping/peer review of work for assessment
  • Eight weekly assessments requiring writing in a variety of specified genres (on topics of students' choosing)
  • Two final essays
All assessment internal
Teaching Arrangements
13 weekly lectures, including two in-class assessments
Eight workshops/seminars
One individual consultation per student with tutor
Textbooks
Course Reader (available at the Print Shop)
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • To experience writing in a variety of non-fictional sub-genres
  • To become aware of the mindset and skill set to be deployed in writing pleasurable prose
  • To learn and practise various rhetorical strategies
  • To develop and exercise an informed and critical judgement in and of their own and each other's writing
  • To produce a folio of polished personal writing

^ Top of page

Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-22

Seminar

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Tuesday 09:00-10:50 9-10, 12-13, 16-19
A2 Wednesday 11:00-12:50 10-11, 13, 15-16, 18-20