HUMN 7004 Australian Cultural Policy and Practice

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 102542

Coordinator Diane Colman Opens in new window

Description Understanding of Australia's cultural identity is essential for those who intend to engage in its promotion or in the management of cultural exchanges between Australia and other countries. This unit will describe the main features of Australian cultures including Indigenous culture, Western culture as inherited through settlement from Britain and elsewhere, and of multiculturalism arising from recent migration patterns. Students will study the history and current status of Australia's political institutions, its important international alliances and treaties, and the development of its independent foreign policy. An introduction will be given to Australia's major cultural management organisations and arts institutions (including invited guest speakers).

School Humanities & Comm Arts

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in a postgraduate program.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Analyse the Australian cultural identity in relation to a range of current or historic debates
  2. Evaluate examples of Indigenous culture, multiculturalism and inherited British and Commonwealth cultures
  3. Interpret the roles of state and non-state agencies in the cultural sphere and policy development
  4. Develop proposals that represent Australian identity in major cultural events and anniversaries

Subject Content

The complexity of Australian cultural identity
The cultural heritage of Australia?fs First Nations
British settlement and its cultural inheritance
A changing Australia and the diversity of multiculturalism
The development of cultural policy and practice in Australia
Cultural institutions in Australia and how they operate
Representing Australia on film
How the world sees Australia through the visual arts
The sporting life brings Australia to the world stage
How the world hears Australia in words and music


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Summary: Short paper 500 words 15 N Individual
Discourse Analysis: A close examination of a spoken, written or visual text 1,500 words 35 N Individual
Report: This includes: (a) Proposal presentation (20%) and (b) Report (30%) Part (a): 10 minutes, 1,000 words equivalent; Part (b): 2,000 words 50 N Individual

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 1

Parramatta - Victoria Rd


Subject Contact Diane Colman Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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