Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitNational Centre For Australian Studies
Monash Passport categoryResearch Challenge (Investigate Program)
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Damien Williams


Previously coded AUS1060


How is Australia, in the words of Richard Flanagan, an 'ever stranger country'? How well do the country's iconic images match the reality of life in Australia today? This unit draws on historical, political, cultural and literary sources to introduce students to some of the major changes and continuities that have shaped contemporary Australia. It ranges widely over topics relating to land and climate, the experiences of childhood, crime and punishment, science and research, religion and the state, political economy, government and citizenship. It is designed to give a thorough overview of the major issues confronting Australians in the present. This unit includes assessment based on extended field trips outside Melbourne and within the city.


  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.


Written work: 60%
Class tests: 20%
Oral presentation: 10%
Tutorial attendance and contribution: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

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

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