AUST2901 Australia: Myths and Realities

6 points
Not available in 2019UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
What does it mean for persons living inside the settler nation of Australia to call themselves Australian? What are the historical and cultural roots of Australianness and why does this matter in a globalised world? These questions form the main basis of a unit that considers Australia through a variety of disciplinary lenses including anthropology, history, cultural studies and sociology. Using key cultural practices such as art, sport, national celebrations, music, film and tourism as focal points, the unit aims to facilitate understanding of the foundational myths of Australia.
Students are able to (1) critically analyse claims about Australia and its people using a range of different kinds of evidence; (2) identify key aspects of Australian historical and cultural stories and their resonances in contemporary society, and analyse the political, ideological and social uses to which they are put; (3) demonstrate knowledge of a range of key works and debates in Australian historical, social and cultural studies; (4) conduct original research into Australian cultural practices and write analyses of these from a theoretically informed position; (5) develop and describe, with reference to existing scholarship, their own informed perspectives on significant issues in contemporary Australian society and culture; and (6) work as part of a team in developing and facilitating a positive learning environment on a given theme.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) workshop participation (includes a group activity assessed in class) (30 per cent); (2) a 750-word minor research essay (20 per cent); and (3) a 2000-word major research essay (50 per cent). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Martin Forsey
Unit rules
completion of 48 points at Level 1
AUST1100 Imagining Australia
AUST2202 Australian Culture: Myths and Realities
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; Practical Classes/workshops: 1 hour per week
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