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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 elective

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.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Martin Forsey
Unit rules
completion of 48 points at Level 1
AUST1100 Imagining Australia
and AUST2202 Australian Culture: Myths and Realities
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
tutorials/workshops: 1 hour per week
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.