COM323 Creative Storytelling: Cultures and Contexts (8)

This subject explores the nature and history of creative storytelling in different contexts, tracing how cultures tell and interpret stories. Students learn how narratives exist within situated traditions, inflected by gendered, as well as by Indigenous, diasporic, refugee, and settler positions. They also examine the ways in which certain material and technological contexts establish conditions and possibilities for creative storytelling. In the course of the subject, students will be invited to both interpret and create narratives, reflecting on them in terms of their own cultural, historic and material positioning, with a view to understanding how a multilayered and multicultural society affords powerful opportunities for creative storytelling.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of how historical, cultural and technological/material contexts figure in the creation and interpretation of stories.
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of how notions of creativity are situated within and influenced by various contexts (for example: particular worldviews, gender assumptions, class and race, technological/material conditions)
  • be able to create a story, paying particular attention to how their own cultural, historic or material position affects and influences story production
  • be able to analyse texts from the stage and screen in terms of various cultural positions and frames of reference
  • be able to reflect critically on issues to do with culture, context and storytelling


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Theoretical contexts and the creation/interpretation of stories.
  • Historical contexts and the creation/interpretation of stories.
  • Gendered/class contexts and the creation/interpretation of stories.
  • Cultural contexts and the creation/interpretation of stories.
  • Material/technological contexts and the creation/interpretation of stories.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of COM323 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Essay one
Creative short story with commentary
Essay two

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.