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
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Dr Tom Heenan & Dr Tony Moore


This unit critically evaluates the history, sociology and politics of popular and vernacular culture in Australia and its projection internationally, investigating sites that could include sport, literature, screen culture, music, humour, games, gambling and amusements as produced and/or consumed by Australians. It investigates tensions between local and global industries and interests, professionals and amateurs, and between producers and audiences, in the past and today. It will also examine how ethnic, indigenous, gender, class, cosmopolitan and other forms of identity have found expression and meaning through recreational and creative practices that shape contemporary Australian society and its politics. This unit includes a field trip component.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. have engaged with critical theoretical debates about cultural production and reception;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the political, social, cultural and economic dimensions of major entertainment industries and of the contribution of audiences to these industries;
  3. have developed a closer understanding of the history and sociology of a particular cultural practice, such as sport, music or literature;
  4. have researched and critically evaluated topical and historiographical debates regarding entertainment and popular culture in Australian identity and society;
  5. have developed skills in constructing evidence-based arguments using a variety of primary and secondary sources (including audio/visual and media), and demonstrated their ability to reflect critically on what they have learnt;
  6. have developed skills in written and oral presentation and communication.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

  • Additional requirements
  • Field trip

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