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Unit description

Introduces students to Australian culture and society. Key ideas and aspects of the Australian experience are studied through Australian cultural studies, Indigenous studies, literature, media, history, sociology, political science, visual arts, music and environmental studies. Particular attention is paid to the significance of identity, place and culture in Australia and to the nature of historical and contemporary Australian social values.

Unit content

Topic 1: Introduction: What do we mean by 'Australia'?
Topic 2: Framing Australian identity
Topic 3: Landscape and belonging
Topic 4: Australia local: Belonging in the Rainbow Region
Topic 5: Saying 'sorry' and beyond
Topic 6: Imagining democracy: A fair go?
Topic 7: Performing Australia: Australian humour
Topic 8: Gendering Australia
Topic 9: From White Australia to multiculturalism
Topic 10: Multiculturalism: Unity and diversity
Topic 11: Popular culture: Sport
Topic 12: Australia in a global context

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1identify and describe the key issues and debates in contemporary AustraliaKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
2analyse key issues in Australian society in terms of the themes of identity and belongingKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
3analyse the nature of cultural diversity in the Australian contextCultural competence
4apply a critical approach to questions of Australian culture and societyIntellectual rigourCultural competence
5reflect critically on their own experience of cultural engagementIntellectual rigourCultural competence

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify and describe the key issues and debates in contemporary Australia
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  2. analyse key issues in Australian society in terms of the themes of identity and belonging
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  3. analyse the nature of cultural diversity in the Australian context
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  4. apply a critical approach to questions of Australian culture and society
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  5. reflect critically on their own experience of cultural engagement
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA7: Cultural competence

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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