Faculty of Arts

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitNational Centre For Australian Studies
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)Agnieszka Sobocinska


This unit will help students conceptualise the multidisciplinary field of Australian Studies. It will focus on seminal theoretical texts drawn from the disciplines of Australian history, literature, politics, sociology and cultural studies to familiarise students with different ways of conceptualising the Australian experience. This unit also introduces students to an extensive range of research materials, including scholarly databases and bibliographical references, newspaper archives, pictorial and moving images and online resources.


At the completion of the course students will:

  1. Be familiar with and able to apply a range of theoretical approaches to analyse and explain the Australian experience;
  2. Have knowledge of key theoretical traditions associated with Australian history, literature, politics, sociology and cultural studies;
  3. Be able to make appropriate and efficient use of sources within the multidiscipline of Australian Studies;
  4. Be able to locate and make use of regular and archival holdings relating to Australian Studies in major research libraries;
  5. Be familiar with electronic, printed and audio-visual sources, and know how to access them;
  6. Be able to undertake independent research;
  7. Be able to discuss and write critically and in an ordered and conceptual manner about their research;
  8. Be able to research and write scholarly essays of postgraduate standard.


Seminar participation/presentation: 10%
Seminar paper 1 (2000 words): 20%
Seminar paper 2 (2000 words): 20%
Research essay (5000 words): 50%

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Contact hours

One 3-hour combined lecture/seminar per week

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