Australian Culture and Society

Course code EPHUMA137Units 10English Language & Foundation Studies Centre

As a result of successfully undertaking EPHUMA137, students will become acquainted with the basic dimensions of Australian culture and:

a) Develop the ability to analyse characteristic features of society and draw connections between wider social issues and the student's own world.
b) Be introduced to a range of social theories that attempt to rationalise the wider workings of society.
c) Develop the ability to think critically about the causes and effects of discriminatory practices on individuals and groups within society.
d) Develop an understanding of how and why social practices, norms and government policies have altered over time and the impact these have had on Australian society.
e) Engage in wide reading, deep thinking, academic research, written composition and oral discussion skills in order to consolidate the learning process.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesIn this course students will:
1. Develop a sociological imagination, whereby students can identify an individual's personal issues and attribute the wider social issues that are responsible for them.
2. Develop the ability to compose both short and long academic responses, and use reputable evidence to give credence to the response.
3. Develop the ability to undertake personal academic research to support theories, ideas and thesis statements.
4. Through both written and verbal means, reveal an ability to critically analyse a range of sources to determine viewpoint, bias, purpose and academic merit.
5. Develop an ability to thoughtfully plan and structure written and verbal responses.
ContentEPHUMA137 Australian Culture and Society covers:
* A course overview, basic terminology, conceptual frameworks and characteristics of Australian culture and society.
* Inequalities including those based on gender, race, and ethnicity, class and age.
* Work on selected social institutions including the family and work.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsWeekly Written Short Responses
Using the provided course readings, students will think critically about personal issues experienced by the people detailed in the articles and imagine the possible social issues that may have instigated these issues. Chiefly, students will consider historical, cultural, structural or critical factors that may have had an impact. Students will write up their conclusions in the form of short response answers and be assessed on their ability to not only identify personal and social issues, but to also explain and justify their response with evidence from the provided articles. Students will also be awarded for writing in a structured and scholarly manner.
Essays / Written AssignmentsStudents will submit one essay plan, outlining the planned content and evidence that will be used in their final essay. Students will be issued with templates for their essay plan. Marked feedback of the plan will be provided to students by their tutor to assist with the production of their final essay.
Essays / Written AssignmentsStudents will submit one 1,000 word essay. Through personal research, students will justify, using evidence, that the socialisation process is responsible for individual self-concept. Students will also be assessed on their ability to write in a formal, well-structured manner and to reference according to Harvard style.
Examination: FormalParticipate in examination performance under University conditions. Develop and display the knowledge and skills needed to be a successful undergraduate student at University..
Presentations - TutorialStudents will conduct one five minute presentation, whereby they will compare and contrast three sources that they have found that deal with a provided topic area and conduct a critical analysis, identifying any subjectivity, issues with credibility and foremost, the possible impact that this source may have on potential viewers. Students are assessed not only on the depth of research and analysis conducted, but also on the manner in which they present, encouraging students to consider how to effectively engage an audience of their peers.
Contact HoursTutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for EPHUMA137