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CWR2001 Fairytales and Other Forms

Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Fairytales and Other Forms
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
ASCED code : 100705 - Written Communication
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Nike Sulway


Pre-requisite: CWR1001 and CWR1002

Other requisites

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


Students need to comprehensively and critically engage with the ways that writers and writing impact on and respond to changes in the national and international fields of writing and publishing. A close study of the writing, publishing and production of fairy tales, both historically and in the contemporary context, enables students to develop a range of skills for writing engaging narratives informed by the history of culturally iconic narratives and narrative tropes, and a deeper understanding of how the history of narrative forms is reflected, developed and subverted in contemporary writing and publishing practices. Students need to consider writing within a global, multi-lingual, multicultural context and engage with issues of translation and appropriation, cross-cultural and intercultural writing, storytelling, and publishing.
This course is included in the Creative and Critical Writing major within the Bachelor of Arts program.
This course contributes to development of the Creative and Performing Arts Threshold Learning Outcomes, and USQ Graduate Capabilities.


This course will equip students 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. Through close study of a suite of folk and fairy tales, this course will equip students with a deep understanding of how writers draw on traditional forms to create dynamic and engaging contemporary works of fiction. The course is designed to emphasise the dynamic relationship between reading the works of other writers, and developing personal writing skills and techniques.

During the course, students will read, analyse, and write folk and fairy tales. Students 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 contes de fée tradition - as well as contemporary retellings and original works. Students' own original or retold fairy tales will draw on this rich tradition.


Completing this course will support the development of the following Creative and Performing Arts Threshold Learning Outcomes so students will be able to:

  1. apply skills and knowledge of the practices, languages, forms, materials and techniques used in writing contemporary fairy tales;
  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 fairy tales;
  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 fairy tales, 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 fairy tales.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Traditional Folk and Fairy Tales 50.00
2. Contemporary Folk and Fairy Tales 50.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Zipes. J (ed, trans) 2001, The great fairy tale tradition: from Straparola and Basile to the Brothers Grimm, WW Norton & Company.

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.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 39.00
Independent Study 126.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Portfolio One 100 40 26 Apr 2021
Portfolio Two 100 40 07 Jun 2021
Workshop 100 20 07 Jun 2021 (see note 1)

  1. You will be required to complete a series of tasks, including writing and critical reading tasks, during most weeks of the semester.

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:
    There is no examination for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  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.

Date printed 18 June 2021