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AUST11-105: Australia: Culture and Identity January 2020 [Standard]

General information

Australia: Culture and Identity introduces students to themes such as the bush, the beach, and the suburbs, which are commonly found in Australian culture, and contextualises those themes in the land’s cultural history as well as global cultural movements. It explores the ways in which class, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, environment and other factors are debated and mediated in popular understandings of Australian identity. Through guided and individual critical analysis of film, television, social media, sport and other forms of cultural representation and practice in Australia, students will learn to independently recognise the ways in which Australian culture reflects broader realities in Australian society, and ongoing discourse about what it means to be Australian. 


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:AUST11-105
Subject title:Australia: Culture and Identity
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:January 2020
Credit points:10

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  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - 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. 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.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Project Project (Themed Analysis) 70% Week 12 1, 2, 3.
*Seminar Presentation Tutorial presentation (Artefact Analysis) Weeks 7-10 30% To Be Negotiated 1, 2, 3.
  • * 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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Subject curriculum

Introduction to the subject. Introduction to culture as a concept, ways of understanding and studying culture, links to identity politics and the notion of national identity as an "imagined community".

Australian cultural identity in historical context, British cultural legacies, Americanisation, globalisation, and the notion of Australian distinctiveness.

Changing representations of the land in historical context, and the emergence of three key ideas about Australia: the Australian Legend, the Pioneer Legend, and the Ancient Land.

Changing representations of the sea in historical context: the adaptation of the Australian Legend, the beach as the new utopia, and the sea and the sand as backdrop to everyday life.

Urbanisation and suburbanisation, the suburban way of life as the Australian way of life, and rejection of the suburban ideal.

Types of inclusion of Aboriginal people and cultures in Australian film, television, music and representations of leisure.

Multicultural Australia as a cultural identity, and the multitude of cultures and identities in Australia.

Changing representations of women in Australian film, television and mainstream sporting practice.

Common masculinities found in dominant themes in Australian cultural identity, as well as hidden masculinities, forgotten masculinities and counter masculinity.

Depictions of sex and sexuality in Australian film, television and representations of sport.

The primacy of anti-intellectualism and religious scepticism in dominant representations of Australia, cultural realities and counter narratives.

Cultural discourse, plurality and mediation: the impossibility of a single cultural identity.

Approved on: Nov 4, 2019. Edition: 2.1