Australian Society and Cultures - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1
  • Availability for 2017: SP1
  • Assessment: Essay - 1500 words or equivalent (35%) , Project - 2100 words (45%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,369.00

Students will develop a broad understanding of the theories and methodologies relating to the study of Australian society and its culture. This will be achieved through investigating Australia's geohistorical setting, the demography of the Australian population,cultural diversity, communities, work and the welfare state, social inequalities, rural and urban life, employment, the Australian family, tradition and authority, social structures and sanctions, sociological themes, approaches and concepts, culture and leisure, spirituality, religion and belief, popular culture and globalisation.

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

  1. demonstrate a comprehensive awareness of specific events, personalities, terminology and values to be found in Australian society
  2. comprehend the development of Australia in terms of its complexity and the interaction of various factors and actors
  3. identify theories and methodologies to an understanding of a range of themes in Australian society
  4. Identify the various social, economic and cultural positions of Australians
  5. Discuss judgements made about Australian society, and debate their validity
  • Essay — 1500 words or equivalent (35%)
  • Project — 2100 words (45%)
  • Quizzes — 900 words or equivalent (20%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — Students will require Windows Vista, Windows 7 or higher. UniSA does not support Windows XP.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Studying society
2Social theory and society
3Inequality and class in Australia
4Gender and Australian society
5Ethnicity, immigration and multiculturalism
6Australian society - Indigenous Australia
9The sociology of law: deviance or difference
10The nation and the state
11The media and culture
12Theory and research

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement 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.

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