Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces students to Australian literature and culture through consideration of constructions of Australian identities in a broad range of texts including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays, 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 literary and cultural studies
  • Skills in reading different media critically
  • 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%)

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.