Faculty of Arts

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Judy McNicoll


Previously coded CVL4040


This unit examines the nature of ceremony and ceremony as marking points of passage in life, especially weddings and funerals. The significance of ceremony for secular people is also raised. The unit is primarily practical, and covers interviewing clients and preparing the ceremony; choice of venue; constructing a eulogy or a talk for a wedding ceremony; incorporating musical and literary elements into the ceremony; dress, and the general notion of ceremonial theatre. There will also be an introduction to public speaking.


Eulogy or obituary (1500 words): 15%
Video presentation: 10%
Critique of ceremonies observed (1600 words): 15%
Draft wedding ceremony (2000 words): 10%
Video presentation: 10%
Relationship assigment (2000 words): 15%
Composition and video presentation of ceremony other than wedding or funeral (2500 words): 10%
Video presentation: 15%

Chief examiner(s)

Judy McNicoll

Contact hours

3 hours (1 x 3 hour seminar) per week