Australian Popular Culture


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.



  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. an understanding of the relationship between Australian popular culture and ideologies of national identity

2. the ability to critically analyse popular literary, film, and television texts

3. an in-depth knowledge of selected texts and their cultural contexts

4. core skills in written and oral communication


Topics 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

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Written Assignment 1

Written Assignment: Written Assignment 2

Presentation: Presentation & Critical Reading Essay

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term