2020 Undergraduate Courses

Writing and English Literatures Major | 2020 

Writing and English Literatures allows you to combine your love of writing with the analytics of literature. English literatures will challenge you to think creatively about the English language and give you the knowledge and understanding to express these thoughts and ideas through your own creative writing. 

A UOW degree in Writing and English Literatures focuses on the study of literature from various periods and literary practice, and the practical application of this study through creative writing. You will be exposed to a wide range of texts, which will allow you to develop analytical skills, critical understanding and the ability to create your own pieces of writing. 

Entry Requirements & Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the UOW Course Finder.

Major Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this major students will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Deploy the central approaches of the disciplines of writing and English literatures and understand how these disciplines relate to other areas of study
2 Identify and use a range of creative writing strategies across a range of fictional and non-fictional genres
3 Understand and interpret complex literary texts, and their relations to historical contexts, and their contributions to on-going intellectual and aesthetic debates
4 Engage with critical theory and use it to inform writing practice and literary analysis

Major Study

Students studying the Writing and English Literatures major will complete at least 60 credit points as outlined below:

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points
Year 1 Core
CACW100 Introduction to Creative Writing 6
CACW104 Text and Context 6
Year 2 Core
ENGL271 The Romantics 6
Year 3 Core
CACS331 Contemporary Theory and Research Practice 6
CACW301 Writing Across Borders 6
ENGL361 The Modernists 6
ENGL379 Desiring Bodies: Gender & Sexuality in Literature & Film 6
ENGL383 English and Creative Writing Capstone: Ways of Reading and Writing (Capstone) 6
A minimum of ONE from the following:
CACW201 Poetry Studio 6
CACW202 Script Studio 6
CACW203 Prose Studio 6
Plus a minimum of ONE from the following:
CACW231 Writing, Representation and Power 6
CACW232 Writing and Critical Theory 6
ENGL300 Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature 6
ENGL378 Special Topic in English Literature 6
ENGL381 Animals and Ecology in Literature and Film 6
ENGL382 Social Justice and Children's Literature 6

Click on subject codes in the above table for information on sessions of offer for each subject. To find out specific information on timetables, tutorials, and classes, visit the Timetable page.

Minor Study

A 24 credit point minor in English Literatures is available. Information is available on the 2020 General Schedule of Minors page.

Note that students studying a major in Writing and English Literatures cannot also do a minor in English Literatures.

Work Integrated Learning

Undertaking a work integrated learning experience during your university education is now a significant contributor to being competitive in securing employment in your field of choice when you graduate from UOW.

The internship program provides students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their degree in a workplace setting.

Students are also encouraged to consider CRLP200 'Career Ready Learning and Practice' (6cp). CRLP200 includes a quality assured workplace internship or industry project to give you that competitive edge by developing your professional skills through authentic learning in a real world context. You will focus on your career goals and receive career direction guidance, strengthen your resume and gain skills to navigate the rapidly changing world of work, develop your communication skills and begin to build a professional network.


See Bachelor of Arts (Honours).

Other Information

For further information email: askuow@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 23 July, 2020