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The Family Saga HAA104


Adventure or romance, tragedy or triumph, legends of extraordinary feats or quiet tales of everyday struggles: what kinds of stories have been told about families in the past and in the present? What literary forms are suitable for writing multi-generational family stories? What can you learn from published life-writing as you pen your own family saga? This unit builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in HAA004 Writing Family History. Drawing on examples from published fiction and non-fiction texts in a range of genres and styles, students will learn critical and creative techniques open to writers of multi-generational family history. Students will have opportunity to develop key skills for reading and writing fiction and/or non-fiction based on genealogical research.


Unit name The Family Saga
Unit code HAA104
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline English
Coordinator Doctor Robert Clarke
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Term 4 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Term 4 14/10/2024 28/10/2024 18/11/2024 22/12/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Read and critically analyse multigenerational family stories across a range of genres
  • Identify the formal and technical literary features of fictional and non-fictional family narratives
  • Apply the techniques of writing craft in your own family narratives
  • Observe the conventions of spelling, punctuation, and grammar in narrative writing

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
091523 $555.00 $555.00 not applicable $1,906.00

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Teaching Pattern

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

AssessmentCraft Analysis (30%)|Quizzes (30%)|Short written narrative (40%)
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