Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Dr Therese Davis (ECPS); Dr Tony Moore (JAIS)


The unit looks at international dimensions of Australian cultural production and its audiences. Students will study a range of historical and contemporary Australian cultural texts such as film, television and literature, analysing the ways in which images of Australian experience and forms of national identity have been received and understood in international contexts. They will also reflect on the European traditions that have helped to develop and shape the Australian cultural imaginary. Students will be introduced to relevant theories and concepts in this area such as cosmopolitanism, transnationalism and globalisation. Students will have the opportunity to explore and apply these theories and concepts in both written and audio-visual forms of assessment.


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Critically examine a range of film and literary texts as representations of Australian national experience and identity as they contribute to the Australian imaginary;
  2. Articulate an understanding of Australian film and literature in relation to theories of globalization, transnationalism and the diasporic;
  3. Analyse the international reception of Australian cultural texts;
  4. Demonstrate skills in the textual analysis of texts in relation to contemporary reformulations of nationalism and globalism;
  5. Critically engage with visual and written texts, demonstrating skills in constructing evidence-based arguments using a variety of primary and secondary sources (including audio/visual and graphic sources), an understanding of the above-mentioned theories and the ability to reflect critically on what they have learnt.
  6. Perform skills in written and oral presentation and communication.
  7. Apply basic skills in digital audio-visual production (non-professional level) in a practice-based research project.
  8. Demonstrate a capacity to undertake location-based fieldwork, enhancing personal resilience and the capacity to work cooperatively in teams, and conduct independent research.
  9. Students taking this unit at Level 3 will demonstrate a higher level of skills in independent research and critical analysis.


A-V Production Research Project/presentation (equivalent to 3600 words): 40%
Essay (3600 words): 40%
Test (1800 words): 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Two week intensive mode 40 hours total
Week 1: field trip (10 hours); two 2-hour screenings; two 2-hour seminars; two 2-hour AV workshops
Week 2: two 2-hour screenings; four 2-hour seminars, two 2-hour AV workshops; group presentations.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


One gateway unit in Film and screen studies, Literary studies or Communications.