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AUS1060 - Contemporary Australia

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Tom Heenan


Caulfield First semester 2007 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


A multidisciplinary unit in Australian Studies that provides students with a broad introduction to contemporary Australian society and culture. The subject seeks to develop knowledge of the historical and cultural processes impacting upon the nation and to encourage critical thinking about national identity and cultural stereotyping. Additional themes include sport, environment, migration and international relations. Fieldwork, film screenings and media analysis will be employed in order to gain insight into events that have shaped contemporary Australia.


  1. To develop students' understanding of the historical and cultural processes impacting upon various aspects of contemporary Australia.
  2. To employ fieldwork, film and media analysis, and a range of relevant sources within the field of Australian Studies in gaining insight into past and current events that have shaped contemporary Australia.
  3. To think, discuss and write critically about the issues that effect Australian politics, culture and society.
  4. To develop students' independent research and presentation skills on related subjects.


Minor Essay (1000 words) : 15%
Major Essay
Oral Presentation (2000 words
10 minutes) : 35%
Tutorial attendance and contribution : 10%,
Examination (2 hours) : 30%

Contact hours

Three hours per week (two hour lecture and one tutorial)