unAustralian Studies - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (30%) , Assignment 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit was previously known as CLT310 UnAustralian Studies.

unAustralian Studies is a chance to look at versions of Australian identity that don’t fit into standard clichés – beyond sunburnt countries and bushmen, here we get a chance to talk about migration, diversity, deviance and descent. If you’re interested in exploring ideas of nation beyond BBQs, Southern Cross tattoos and Home and Away, then this is for you cobber!
If you want to explore Australian cultures beyond the standard Tourism Australia ad, this is for you. We reconsider misfits, challenge national debates and generally celebrate the many versions of (un)Australian studies that are possible.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate critical skills, informed by cultural theories, that will enable students to understand the ways in which the categories of nation and national identity are inscribed with a series of normative values that function to construct othered subjects that are disenfranchised and/or excluded from the official corpus of nation
  2. develop the ability to synthesise and articulate the relations between knowledge and power in the context of nation
  3. develop ethical skills that will enable students to address issues of cultural difference and social justice concerns within the context of the Australian nation and its relation to global events and issues
  4. deploy analytical skills that enable students critically to evaluate institutions of authority in order to disclose such things as institutional racism and other discriminatory practices
  5. deploy critical argumentation skills that will enable students to support and materially evidence their particular viewpoints on contentious national issues.
  • Assignment 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 (30%)
  • Assignment 3 (40%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • CLT310 — UnAustralian Studies

You must complete Level 1 and 2 Cultural Studies before starting this unit.

  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient.

This unit addresses the following topics.

2Contested histories
3The racialisation of punishment
4The racialisation of crime and cultural panic
5The poetics of diasporic anger
6The cultural politics of suburban space and ethnic
7Fear of a queer nation
8Fighting with our tongues: Indigenous voices
9Invisible whiteness
10Australia's refugees and asylum seekers
11The politics of fear and terror

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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