Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will critically consider how the thematic use of landscape, collective identities and belonging on screen have produced an imaginary 'Australia'. Each of these themes will be looked at separately and as inter-related components of culturally specific story telling with global impact. Students will explore past and present ideas of a 'national character' and how landscapes have been reimagined by writers, filmmakers and performers to enhance this 'role'. We will also consider screen representations of dominant identities we share, those we later abandon, and whether they can be thought of as generationally adopted or enduring aspects of our culture. This subject will also look at global changes in the awareness of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, class and race as well as reflections on the concepts of belonging from multicultural and indigenous perspectives. Workshops and assignments will focus on the development of research, writing, critical thinking, presentation and constructive discussion. Emphasis is placed on active participation and creative analysis of prescribed screen and literary texts.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorTerrie Waddell

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesAll assessment tasks

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of first-year and 60 credit points of second-year level subjects


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Develop the ability to express complex ideas in a public forum
02. Demonstrate effective learning communication in writing, speech and screen media
03. Develop the ability to perform critical analysis and synthesis
04. Develop time management skills
05. Develop supportive teamwork skills

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTerrie Waddell

Class requirements

Lecture/SeminarWeek: 30 - 42
One 3.00 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Literature review and brief research or creative project outline (700 words) Preliminary skills introduced in preparation for assignments 2 and 3

N/AOtherIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Individual presentations of research/creative proposals 1,300 words This will take the form of a mini conference with students presenting their proposals to the class for feedback and comment. Teamwork will play an essential role in helping each student develop their project.

N/AOtherIndividualNo35 SILO1, SILO2, SILO5

Essay or creative artefact and mini exegesis 2,000. This assignment is a mock Honours research thesis proposal or a mock Honours creative artefact and mini exegesis proposal.

N/AOtherIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5