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Writing Family History HAA004




Who are the most interesting characters on your family tree? Would you like to write their stories to share with other family members, or with a wider audience? Perhaps you have an ancestor who is intriguing because of what you don't know about them and so can only imagine their story. This unit is an introduction to writing non-fictional and fictional narratives based on genealogical records. Students will gain skills in crafting engaging, readable family history narratives through writing historical and/or fictional pieces about people, places, and events from their family records.


Unit name Writing Family History
Unit code HAA004
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline English
Coordinator Doctor Naomi Parry
Available as student elective? No
Level Foundation


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Term 3 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Term 3 25/7/2022 8/8/2022 29/8/2022 30/9/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Use and reflect on a wide range of key strategies and techniques for writing narratives based on genealogical research
  • Write constructive critical feedback to help a writer improve a draft narrative
  • Produce a coherent work of short fiction or non-fiction based on genealogical research
  • Observe the conventions of spelling, punctuation, and grammar in narrative writing
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
100705 $1,828.00 $858.00 not applicable

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Teaching Pattern

Weekly online learning materials (e.g. short video lectures, discussions, readings, activities) (approx. 3 hours).

AssessmentShort Written Narrative (50%)|Writing activities and responses (50%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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