The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Provides an introduction to the sociological and anthropological study of identities and cultures. It examines theories and perspectives of identity, culture and diversity in contemporary Australia and similarly situated countries.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2017.

Learning outcomes

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

1. demonstrate an understanding of sociological and anthropological approaches to identities and cultures in contemporary Australia.

2. analyse and deal critically with different viewpoints on cultural life in Australia.

3. understand the complexity and diversity of Australian cultural forms and identities.

4. demonstrate skills in writing an academic essay, in reading critically and in doing research.


Course content may include:

  • Theories of identity
  • Identities and social movements
  • Belief in contemporary Australia
  • Key moments of cultural change
  • Cultural diversity
  • Class, occupation and identity
  • Gender and identity.
  • Sexuality and identity
  • Race, ethnicity and identity
  • Nationalism, multiculturalism and identity
  • Mediated and social identities

Assumed knowledge

40 units of study at 1000 level.

Assessment items

Essay: Essay

In Term Test: Take Home Exam

Quiz: Online Quizzes