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CWR2001 Fairytales and Other Forms

Semester 1, 2015 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Arts and Communication

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Examiner: Nike Sulway
Moderator: Dallas Baker


Pre-requisite: CWR1002

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


This course introduces you to the delights of writing in a variety of literary forms through close study of a range of poetic forms, as well as a suite of folk and fairytale narrative forms. During the course, you will be supported in developing writing that reflects an awareness of current writing practices across a range of genres, as well as a range of ideas about how the history of narrative forms is reflected, developed and subverted in contemporary writing practice.

This course is included in the Writing & Society Writing major. The course will equip you with a range of skills required in the workforce, and in professional writing practice, including interpreting and responding to market submission guidelines, meeting deadlines, and writing to purpose.

This course contributes to your development of the Creative and Performing Arts Threshold Learning Outcomes, and USQ Graduate Capabilities.


Through close study of a range of poetic forms, and a suite of folk and fairytales, this course will equip you with a deep understanding of how writers draw on traditional forms to create dynamic and engaging contemporary works of fiction and poetry. The course is designed to emphasise the dynamic relationship between reading the works of other writers, and developing your own writing skills and techniques.

The course is divided into two modules. During the first module, you will read, analyse, and write folk and fairytales. You will examine a range of traditional tales - including works collected by the Brothers Grimm, tales written by Hans Christian Andersen, and tales from the French conte de f?e tradition - as well as contemporary retellings and original works. Your own original or retold fairytale will draw on this rich tradition.

In the second module, you will read, analyse and write poetry, with a strong emphasis on the relationship between traditional and contemporary poetic forms and practice. You will examine the history of a range of traditional forms, such as the sonnet and the villanelle, and read and critically analyse both traditional and contemporary examples of each form studied. Your own original poems will draw on and demonstrate your rich understanding of these poetic forms.


Completing this course will support you in achieving the following Creative and Performing Arts Threshold Learning Outcomes:

  1. demonstrate skills and knowledge of the practices, languages, forms, materials and techniques used in writing contemporary poetry and fairytales
  2. develop, research and evaluate ideas, concepts and processes through creative, critical and reflective thinking and practice
  3. apply relevant skills and knowledge to produce and realise both contemporary fairytales and contemporary poetry
  4. interpret, communicate and present ideas, problems and arguments in modes suited to a range of audiences
  5. work independently and collaboratively to select and peer review contemporary fairytales and poems, and to develop your own and others? creative works
  6. recognise and reflect on social, cultural and ethical issues, and apply local and international perspectives to both the reading of, and the production of, historical and contemporary fairytales and poetry.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Poetic forms 50.00
2. Folk and fairytale forms 50.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Pullman, P 2013, Fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm: A new English Version, Penguin Books.
    (any edition.)
  • Turco, L 2000, The book of forms: A handbook of poetics, University Press of New England Press, Hanover.
    (this citation is for the third edition: any later edition is also suitable.)

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • A suite of short texts (poems and short narratives) will be provided via the Study Desk during semester.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 50.00
Private Study 55.00
Workshops 60.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
FAIRYTALE PORTFOLIO 100 40 05 May 2015
POETRY PORTFOLIO 100 40 03 Jun 2015
WORKSHOP 100 20 12 Jun 2015

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students? responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    It is the students? responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Not applicable.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.