Australian Pasts and Places


Course Description

  • Course Name

    Australian Pasts and Places

  • Host University


  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Australian Culture, Communication, Intercultural Communications, International Communications, Journalism, Mass Communications, Media and Journalism, Media Studies, Public Relations, Radio/Television/Film, Social Media

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    In this subject, students investigate the idea of 'Australia' through an exploration of the idea of place and the embodied pasts that become known to us through place. They study the ways in which landscape, country and spatial poetics have given rise to a particular way of imagining Australia through various disciplinary approaches. In this subject they question not just how does Australia 'appear' but how can we write the affective force of a placed Australia over time? They research ways in which ideas of belonging to country or attempting an embodied history challenge ideas of both place and the past as well as a unitary notion of 'Australia'.
    Subject objectives
    a. Annotate records of diverse sources to create an archive
    b. Create innovative, critical and analytical responses to place
    c. Critically analyse the key concepts of history, time and place
    Teaching and learning strategies
    Students develop their ability to debate through guided participation in tutorials and tested responses to lectures.
    Students develop their ability to critically analyse by investigation of chosen site through visits and guided writing exercises
    The principles of research skills and ethnographic methods will be discussed in lectures and tutorials to assist student to undertake archival research and archival production, documentation and analysis.
    Several generic essay questions will be provided in tutorials. Students will choose one essay question to complete.
    This subject examines Australian pasts through the theoretical and methodological lenses offered within cultural studies and contemporary cultural history. In particular it takes up ideas of placed affect, ethnographic history, spatial histories and cultural geography. There are two parts to this subject. The first section introduces students to the key concepts of past (time) and places (space and place) through concepts including memory, the senses and feeling place in an Australian context. In the second section students are introduced to particular historicised spaces within Australia such as the beach, the desert and the suburbs and identify the ways in which place and history also produce identities within a particular national imaginary.
    Assessment task 1: Essay
    a and b
    Weight: 30%
    Criticality of analysis
    Relevance of sources used
    Organisation of material
    Coherence of argument
    Accuracy of presentation ? spelling, grammar, referencing
    Assessment task 2: Sensory Experience of Site
    b and c
    Weight: 30%
    Criticality of analysis
    Organisation of material
    Relevance of sources used
    Innovation and clarity of communicative form used
    Assessment task 3: Write an Experimental History
    a and b
    Weight: 40%
    Creativity of response
    Importance of findings
    Originality in organisation
    Quality of research used

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.