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AUST11-105: Australia: Culture and Identity September 2019 [Standard]

General information

Australian popular culture considers what can be learned about Australian society through the study of its popular culture and how that culture reflects Australia’s history. It overviews major cultural images such as surfing, contemporary Aboriginal cultutre and the ‘bush’ as well as more popular images expressed through music, television, sport, and cinema. It considers how popular culture may have been altered in the Australian context and questions whether there is such a thing as a distinct Australian culture. The British cultural inheritance is considered, along with the emergence of a distinct Australian culture. The course considers the debate over the merits of ‘high’ culture versus ‘low’ culture, as well as the way Australians have historically spent their leisure time. The challenges posed by Americanisation and globalisation are also considered. 


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:AUST11-105
Subject title:Australia Popular Culture
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:September 2019
Credit points:10

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  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 36) - Weekly Lecture
  • Tutorial: x12 (Total hours: 12) - Weekly Tutorial
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - Recommended Study Hours


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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Gain an in-depth knowledge of the evolution of Australian popular culture from the start of European settlement until the present day.
  2. Gain an understanding of contemporary Australia by appreciating its shared cultural history.
  3. Understand the diversity, breadth and importance of Australian popular culture.
  4. Gain awareness of the way that popular culture reflects the interests, preoccupations and values of a society.
  5. Develop the ability to collect, analyse and organise information and ideas and to convey those ideas clearly and fluently in written and spoken communication.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Exercise Weekly Reflective Tasks (Weeks 2-11 inclusive): LECTURE (1% per lecture - 10% total) - Reflective tasks are released at the end of lecture, and invite students to collaboratively identify core concepts presented in the lecture. TUTORIALS (2% per tutorial - 20% total) - Reflective tasks have two parts: (i) discussion of essential reading and related set questions; and (ii) in-class cultural artefact written analysis. 30% Weekly 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Capstone Project PROJECT PROPOSAL (20% - oral presentation in tutorial, weeks 7-10 inclusive) - This is a work-in-progress paper for the final project. Proposals should (i) identify a cultural identity examined in the course material; (ii) identify a data set of four related popular cultural artefacts; (iii) identify and talk to three related readings by qualified scholars or cultural industry experts; and (iv) conclude by considering briefly the ways in which the data set deploys, contests, re-imagines, obscures, or otherwise engages with the nominated cultural identity. PROJECT (50% - due Week 12): research a data set of four related popular cultural artefacts (for example four episodes from a television series, four advertisements from a tourism advertising campaign, four social media representations of Australian cultural personalities), and critically analyse the way in which Australian cultural identities are deployed, contested, re-imagined, obscured, or otherwise engaged in the data set. 70% Week 12 3, 4, 5.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

Studying Australian society and identity(ies) through popular culture.


The British legacy: culture in colonial Australia


The 'Australian Legend' - the Bush and Outback in Australian popular culture

1, 2, 4.

The beach in Australian popular culture

1, 2, 4.

The urban and suburban in Australian popular culture

1, 2, 4.

Inclusion/exclusion - race

1, 2, 3, 4.

Inclusion/exclusion - gender and sexuality

2, 3, 4.

Australia and the world

1, 2, 3, 4.

Identifying cultural identities in Australian popular music

1, 2, 3, 4.

Identifying cultural identities in Australian film and television

1, 2, 3, 4.

Identifying cultural identities in Australian sporting cultures

1, 2, 3, 4.

Identifying cultural identities in Australian food and fashion

1, 2, 3, 4.
Approved on: May 13, 2019. Edition: 1.2