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ENGL404 A Topic in English Language

ENGL 404 offers an opportunity for students to contribute to Dunedin's status as a UNESCO City of Literature while learning more about New Zealand's literary history and about practical publishing. As a group, students in the class will research, write, edit, and publish a collection of essays on aspects of Dunedin's literary heritage. Because the publication is the primary assessment, there is no exam and the paper will effectively be concluded by the middle of second semester.
Because this paper offers students the opportunity to be published, a rare and distinct privilege for students at 400-level, an appropriate and professional standard of commitment to attendance, writing, and publication is expected.

Paper title A Topic in English Language
Paper code ENGL404
Subject English
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,098.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,352.87

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72 points from ENGL 311-368, EURO 302
Teaching Arrangements
The class will meet weekly for a 2-hour seminar, with smaller groups of students possibly needing to meet at other times to collaborate on certain aspects of writing, design, or production. All research work and book design are collaborative and the paper requires constant attendance and involvement, but the satisfaction of the published results makes the effort worthwhile.
All readings will be available through Blackboard, though most of students' time will be focused on independently researching the content of their chapters.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete ENGL 404 will be able to
  • Locate source materials, both published and archival
  • Discuss and analyse aspects of Dunedin's literary history
  • Identify the features of good, publishable writing
  • Evaluate critically and provide constructive feedback on the writing of others
  • Reflect on and respond to feedback on their own writing
  • Collaborate with others in addressing the conceptual and practical challenges of a large group project
  • Understand the many tasks required in writing, editing, and publishing a book
  • Understand the contractual agreements, intellectual property rights, and ethical obligations in research and publishing
If sufficient places are available, entry may be granted to third-year students with a strong record of academic achievement. For more information, please contact the co-ordinator.
Associate Professor Jacob Edmond,
Teaching staff
Paper Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Jacob Edmond
Teaching Staff: Dr Thomas McLean, Dr Shef Rogers
Paper Structure
The initial weeks of this paper will focus on topic selection and the location of sources, as well as examining published texts to identify features we might wish to emulate or avoid. Once writing begins, we will focus on peer-reviewing and on determining common problems and themes in the intended book. Final drafts will be due at mid-year, with the aim of launching the printed book in the middle of second semester.

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Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2019

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system