Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedPeninsula First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Marc Pruyn


This unit provides students with Australian historical and cross-cultural knowledge which will develop their understandings of the range of cultural experiences within the Australian community. Emphasis will be placed on how historical events have helped shape culture; how Aboriginal culture and Torres Strait Islander culture have changed in response to the arrival of foreign cultures and people; and how imported cultures have been changed with transportation to Australia.
This unit assists students to explore our cultural diversity. It provides information on the contributions that different cultural groups have made to the development of Australian society and on the various views towards immigration and multiculturalism that have historically influenced government policies and programs and transformed the Australian population.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students are expected to

  1. have developed understandings about the way in which historical, social, political, and economic events shape culture;
  2. have developed knowledge and understanding about the complexity of all multi-cultural communities in Australia including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander societies;
  3. appreciate the impact and consequences of the European invasion on the lives of indigenous people in the past and present;
  4. appreciate the ways in which other cultures have changed with immigration to Australia;
  5. appreciate the complexity and diversity of various cultural groups represented in Australian society;
  6. be able to identify the contemporary issues faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and multi-cultural Australia and initiatives developed by them and government to address these; and
  7. value the cultural heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the multicultural communities and their historic and continuing contribution to Australian society.


Assessment task 1: Research & Fieldwork Report (2,000 words, 50%)
Assessment task 2: Individual Project (2,000 words or equivalent, 50%)

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Contact hours

3 contact hours per week, 9 hours private study including readings, completion of set tasks and self-directed learning.