The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


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


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2019.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify different representations of Australian cultural identity in popular literature, film and television.

2. Recognise the different discourses of nationhood and citizenship attached to these representations.

3. Provide in-depth analysis and critique of selected course texts.

4. Develop core skills in written and oral communication.


Topics can include:

  • Key concepts and methods in cultural studies
  • Skills in reading different media critically
  • Humour, satire, and parody
  • Australian reality television
  • Representations of Indigeneity
  • Representations of multiculturalism
  • Representations of whiteness
  • Representations of femininity
  • Representations of masculinity
  • Representations of queerness
  • Discourses of nationhood and citizenship

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Review or Report (30%)

Essay: Essay (40%)

Presentation: Oral Presentation (30%)