Contemporary Australia

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Contemporary Australia

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Australian Culture, Literature, Media Studies, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

    2
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course explores key issues and debates in understanding Australia as a nation, a culture and a society. Topics examine the forces shaping contemporary Australia and their historical context. The course is designed for both local and international students. AUST1000 is an interdisciplinary course, just as Australian Studies is an interdisciplinary field. Students will be introduced to recent developments in the fields of media/cultural studies, literature, history, politics, Indigenous studies and gender studies. A range of cultural texts including film, television, print media and advertisements will be used to develop the key concepts of the course.
     
     
    Course Introduction
    This course examines contemporary Australian culture and society through some of the key debates which have shaped how the nation and its people are understood and how they understand themselves. Its materials range from popular images in film, literature or advertising, through official and unofficial occasions of national celebration, to policy debates, political conflicts and media coverage. The course is intended as a general introduction to Australia and Australian Studies for both local and international students. It explores the forces shaping contemporary Australian society and culture and analyses their historical context. Topics may include Indigenous Australia and race relations, immigration and multiculturalism, debates over Australian national symbols and celebrations, land, environment and culture, and debates over Americanisation and modernisation.
     
    AUST1000 is an interdisciplinary course. Students will be introduced to research and debates in the fields of history, media/cultural studies, literature, art, politics, Indigenous studies and gender studies. A range of cultural texts including film, television, print media and advertisements will be used to develop the key concepts of the course.
     
     
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1. Outline the central issues affecting contemporary understandings of Australia as a nation
    2. Compare, contrast and analyse a range of different perspectives on current debates about Australian society and culture
    3. Examine the links between the individual identities and national identity
    4. Investigate the historical context of current issues and recognise ways in which history is re-interpreted to meet contemporary needs
    5. Understand some of the concepts and methods important to the field of Australian Studies
     
    Class Contact
    2 Seminar hours

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