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Commencement year

This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2016 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook.

Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Arts component of any bachelors double degrees.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Managing faculty

Faculty of Arts

Offered by

National Centre for Australian Studies


Caulfield, Clayton


Dr Agnieszka Sobocinska

What does it mean to be Australian in the twenty-first century? How does Australia sit in the region and the world, in terms of society, politics, trade and cultural traditions? The interdisciplinary nature of Australian studies allows students to draw on a range of scholarly traditions for a broader understanding of Australian cultures, lifestyles and societies. Subjects focus on social, cultural, political and economic aspects of the Australian experience within broad regional and global contexts. Individual units focus on Australian cultural history and contemporary popular culture (especially film and television, sport and travel), war and its aftermath, environmental issues, and Australia's connections with its region and the world. This minor builds an understanding of the ways in which the social and cultural spheres intersect with politics and the economy, and how Australia's domestic context interacts with its international connections.


Australia in the world is listed in A2000 Bachelor of Arts at Caulfield and Clayton and 0202 Bachelor of Letters at Clayton as a minor.


Minor requirements (24 points)

No more than 12 points at level 1 may be credited towards the minorminor (

Students complete:

(a.) One level 2 cornerstone unitcornerstone unit ( (6 points) chosen from:

  • ATS2385 Anzac legends: Australians at war
  • ATS2395 Australia in a globalising world

(b.) Three units (18 points) from the elective list below, with at least 6 points from list A.

Elective list

Units are 6 points unless otherwise stated.

List A

  • ATS1259 Exploring contemporary Australia
  • ATS2386/ATS3386 Paradise lost? Sustainability and Australia (12 points)
  • ATS2387/ATS3387 Beyond Gallipoli: Australians in the Great War (12 points)
  • ATS2394/ATS3394 Australia and Asia (12 points)
  • ATS2971 Fields of play: Entertainment, politics and popular cultures
  • ATS3391 A world of sport: Business, politics and media
  • ATS3392 A lonely planet? Travel, culture, power

List B

  • ATS2354/ATS3354 Interrogating racism: Indigenous Australians and the state
  • ATS2359/ATS3359 Hearing the country: Studies in Indigenous Australian ethnoecology
  • ATS2584/ATS3584 Australia's black history
  • ATS2587 Twentieth century Australia: From Anzac to Apology
  • ATS2588 Australia to 1901: Making a nation
  • ATS2693 Politics and the media
  • ATS3310 Writing in Australia
  • ATS3529 Australian film and television: Nation, culture and identity

Relevant courses


Single degrees

Successful completion of the minor can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the following single degrees:

  • A2000 Bachelor of Arts
  • 0202 Bachelor of Letters

Students in other single bachelor's degrees may be eligible to complete the minor by using 24 points of their free electives.

Double degrees

Successful completion of the minor can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts component in the following double degrees:

  • A2005 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Art
  • A2004 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music
  • B2019 Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2012 Bachelor of Business Specialist and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2020 Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2024 Bachelor of Commerce Specialist and Bachelor of Arts
  • D3002 Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • E3002 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • C2002 Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Arts
  • L3003 Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • S2006 Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts