Australian Popular Culture

Course code ENGL1040Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

The course introduces students to Australian cultural studies through consideration of constructions of Australian national identity in a broad range of popular cultural forms such as popular literature, film and television.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate:
1) a critical understanding of the dynamic relationship between popular culture and ideologies of Australian national identity;
2) an in-depth knowledge of selected texts and case studies;
3) the ability to review and critique these texts and case studies; and
4) core skills in written and oral communication in textual and audio-visual media.
ContentTopics include:
* Key concepts and methods in Cultural Studies
* The myth of the bush
* Constructing the national type
* Diggers and heroes: the ANZAC legend on film
* Sex, romance and marriage in post-war women's magazines
* The Crocodile Dundee phenomenon:
* Women, Suburbia and Comedy:
* Multiculturalism and Teen Culture
* Popular Culture and the History Wars
* Popular representations of Aboriginality
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNone.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsSeminar
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsWritten Assignment, 1,000 words (25%)
Written Assignment, 2,000 words (50%)

These will allow students to demonstrate a critical analysis of the materials studied.
Other: (please specify)Students must submit all assessment items in order to complete the course.
Presentations - GroupPresentation: small group, 1,000 words (25%)

This will provide an opportunity for interactive exchange among class members on course topics.
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for ENGL1040