Courses & Units

English: Creative and Critical Reading HEN106


This unit introduces you to methods of close reading, formal analysis, and creative writing.¿We work on developing strategies to analyse literary texts and screen texts in detail, to break them down into their component parts, and explain how they work to generate complex meanings. We look closely at how texts are made: from the rhythms of poetry, to the angles of film, and the world-building of novels. As well as critical skills, this unit engages¿your imaginative and creative skills in response to different narrative forms and genres.¿When you successfully complete this unit, you will have gained a foundational vocabulary and developed core skills on which to base further studies in English and Writing.


Unit name English: Creative and Critical Reading
Unit code HEN106
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline English
Coordinator Doctor Robbie Moore
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston 5 Week Session Jun On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Online 5 Week Session Jun Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024
5 Week Session Jun 17/6/2024 24/6/2024 5/7/2024 21/7/2024

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Analyse literary and screen texts from a range of genres (poetry, drama, film, television, short fiction, novels) using multiple methods (critical and creative responses).
  • Demonstrate your grasp of key techniques in literary studies, creative and critical reading and writing examined during the semester by producing close readings of selected texts, including creative responses to texts.
  • Construct an argument supported by evidence from selected texts
  • Communicate fluently in writing through short answer responses, explications, and essays

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.


Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

Hobart on campus:

Weekly on-campus lectorial plus online audio/visual resources (1 hour); weekly tutorials (1.5 hours)

Off campus:

Weekly live-streamed lectorial (also available as a recording) plus online audio/visual resources (1 hour); weekly online tutorial discussions

Launceston on-campus June session: 
30 hours of teaching over 4 weeks, including face-to-face lessons, short online recorded lessons, and in-class and online exercises and activities

AssessmentAnalytical essay (30%)|Short exercises (30%)|Three short explications (40%)
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