Australia Now

University of Melbourne

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Australia Now

  • Host University

    University of Melbourne

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Australian Culture, History, Intercultural Development, Political Science, Popular Culture

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This subject introduces students to key social, political and environmental issues which are shaping contemporary Australia. It is ideal for international students, for students whose main area of study lies outside the humanities, and for students who wish to gain a broad understanding of the complex challenges facing Australia today. The subject is responsive to current debates in Australia, and issues it covers include the arguments about social justice for Aborigines; immigration and asylum seekers; environmental concerns; social inequality; the relationships between men and women; Australia’s identity and the impact of globalisation. Students are encouraged to develop their own analyses of contemporary Australia, using appropriate theoretical constructs, fieldwork, and a variety of sources. Lectures and tutorials draw on a range of materials including journal and newspaper articles, poetry and Australian films and documentaries.

    Learning Outcomes:
    Students who successfully complete this subject should have an:
    • understanding of the social, political and environmental forces shaping Australian society
    • understanding of the key issues in Australian public life today
    • ability to synthesise a variety of issues and methodologies into a broader understanding of Australia’s past and present
    An essay of 1500 words 25% (due mid-semester) and an essay of 2500 words 75% (due during the examination period). Hurdle requirement: students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to be pass this subject.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.