Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course provides an introduction to the sociological and anthropological study of identities and cultures. It examines key issues in identity, including gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and social class, and discusses how these are experienced and contested in societies like Australia. It also shows how political struggles such as feminist and post-colonial movements have impacted on identity. At the end of the course students will have a broad critical understanding of social scientific theories of identity and the role of identity politics in everyday life.



  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

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

2. Assess and apply relevant theoretical perspectives for understanding contemporary social and political debates about identity.

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

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


Course topics include:

  • Theories of identity
  • Identity in face to face interaction
  • Class, inequality and identity
  • Gender, sexuality and the body
  • Race, post-colonialism and identity
  • Youth subcultures and scenes
  • Nationalism, multiculturalism and identity
  • Mediated and social identities

Assumed knowledge

40 units of study at 1000 level.

Assessment items

Essay: Essay (30%)

Project: Podcast (30%)

Quiz: 4 x online quizzes (40%)

Contact hours



Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

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.