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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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • This is a comprehensive text that covers the course material and much more. Published in 2006, the text covers contemporary issues as well as historical contexts. You will be relying on material from this text throughout the study period: Carter, D, 2006, Dispossession, Dreams and Diversity: Issues in Australian Studies, Pearson Education, NSW, Australia.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Short written response30%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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