Australia Popular Culture
|Faculty/School:||Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, School of Humanities|
|Semesters Offered:||September 2013 - Standard|
|Credit Value:||10 credit points|
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|Study Abroad availability:||Available to Study Abroad students|
|Subject Outline:||January 2013 [ Standard ]|
Australian popular culture considers what can be learnt about Australian society through the study of its popular culture and how that culture reflects Australia's history. It overviews major cultural images such as surfing, contemporary Aboriginal culture and the 'bush' as well as more popular images expressed through music, television, sport and cinema. It considers how popular culture may have been altered in the Australian context and questions whether there is such a thing as a distinct Australian culture. The British cultural inheritance is considered, along with the emergence of a distinct Australian culture. The course considers the debate over the merits of 'high' culture versus 'low' culture, as well as the way Australians have historically spent their leisure time. The challenges posed by Americanisation and globalisation are also considered.
An historical overview of a variety of forms of Australian popular culture such as music, television, sport and cinema and how these have inflenced perceptions of what is 'Australian'. Popular concepts of what makes 'an Australian' and how the Australianpeople are viewed from an outside perspective are also discussed.