Australia: Culture and Identity introduces students to themes commonly found in Australian culture and contextualises them in the land's cultural history and global cultural movements. The subject examines the ways in which class, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, environment, and other factors are debated and mediated from the perspective of Australian identity. Through critical analysis of film, television and other forms of cultural representation, students learn how Australian culture reflects broader realities in Australian society and explores the on-going debate about what it means to be Australian.
|Faculty||Faculty of Society & Design|
1. Demonstrate a coherent knowledge base of the evolution of Australian culture from the start of British occupation to the present, be aware of and understand common themes in Australian culture and the ways in which those themes reflect complex questions about Australian identity, and grasp key concepts necessary to conduct critical cultural analysis
2. Collect, analyse and organise information and authoritative interpretations about cultural practices and representations, to independently identify some of the meanings embedded in cultural representations and practices, and to communicate knowledge and analysis, with supporting evidence and citations, in a clear manner.
3. Demonstrate an understanding that cultural practices and representations reflect the shifting interests, preoccupations and values of a society and be able to recognise the ways in which those practices and representations embody and engage with, and shape, those values.
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