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CWR2001 Fairy Tales and Other Forms

Semester 1, 2022 Toowoomba On-campus
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
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 30 June 2022


Examiner: Nike Sulway


Pre-requisite: CWR1001 and CWR1002


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.

Course learning outcomes

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

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

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Description Weighting (%)
Date printed 30 June 2022