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ENGL404 A Topic in English Language

Biography has been a popular form of nonfiction writing for more than two centuries. This class will introduce students to key examples of biography and offer a platform for writing and publishing original biographical works. Students will contribute to Dunedin’s status as a UNESCO City of Literature while learning more about New Zealand’s literary history and about practical publishing.

There will be three main assignments - students will create:

  1. A Wikipedia page for a notable Dunedin individual;
  2. A biographical article for the Dunedin City of Literature: and
  3. A longer work of biographical writing in the style of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Suggested topics will be available for all three assignments, though students are encouraged to contact the paper co-ordinator in advance with their own ideas. The goal is to complete the class with two and possibly three published works.

Paper title A Topic in English Language
Paper code ENGL404
Subject English
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,120.06
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,439.89

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Prerequisite
72 points from ENGL 311-368, EURO 302
Contact

Dr Thomas McLean (thomas.mclean@otago.ac.nz)

Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator: Dr Thomas McLean
 

Paper Structure

The initial weeks of the class will focus on topic selection, outside readings related to biography and research on your selected figures. At the same time, we will begin preparing articles for Wikipedia and the Dunedin City of Literature. Research and writing of a longer biographical study will take up the remainder of the paper.

Teaching Arrangements

The class will meet weekly for a 2-hour seminar.

Textbooks

All readings will be available through Blackboard, though most of students' time will be focused on independently researching the content of their various projects.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
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

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Timetable

Full Year

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

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 15:00-16:50 9-15, 18-22, 28-34, 41

Biography has been a popular form of nonfiction writing for more than two centuries. This class will introduce students to key examples of biography and offer a platform for writing and publishing original biographical works. Students will contribute to Dunedin’s status as a UNESCO City of Literature while learning more about New Zealand’s literary history and about practical publishing.

There will be three main assignments - students will create:

  1. A Wikipedia page for a notable Dunedin individual;
  2. A biographical article for the Dunedin City of Literature: and
  3. A longer work of biographical writing in the style of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Suggested topics will be available for all three assignments, though students are encouraged to contact the paper co-ordinator in advance with their own ideas. The goal is to complete the class with two and possibly three published works.

Paper title A Topic in English Language
Paper code ENGL404
Subject English
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2020
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2020 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
72 points from ENGL 311-368, EURO 302
Contact

Dr Thomas McLean (thomas.mclean@otago.ac.nz)

Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator: Dr Thomas McLean

Paper Structure

The initial weeks of the class will focus on topic selection, outside readings related to biography and research on your selected figures. At the same time, we will begin preparing articles for Wikipedia and the Dunedin City of Literature. Research and writing of a longer biographical study will take up the remainder of the paper.

Teaching Arrangements

The class will meet weekly for a 2-hour seminar.

Textbooks

All readings will be available through Blackboard, though most of students' time will be focused on independently researching the content of their various projects.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
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

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Timetable

Not offered in 2020

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