The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

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.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate knowledge of a range of social scientific approaches to identities and cultures in contemporary Australia.

2. Assess the utility of different and competing theoretical viewpoints for understanding contemporary identities and cultural issues in Australia.

3. Apply social scientific theory to a case study of shifts in contemporary identities.

4. Use advanced skills in written academic expression and essay-writing.


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 (40%)

In Term Test: Take Home Exam (30%)

Quiz: 3 x online quizzes (30%)

Contact hours



Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks