The University of Newcastle, Australia

Course handbook


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.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

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. 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.


EPHUMA137 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.


Students must be active in the Newstep Program to enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Reflection

Annotated Bibliography: Annotated Bibliography

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial Exercises: Engagement with the Course Materials

Online Learning Activity: Online Blog

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks