There is a wide range of topics in a variety of disciplines in the University focused on the study of Australia. Australian Studies is a versatile cross-disciplinary program that can be taken as a major or minor sequence in the Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law and in the Faculty of Social Sciences.
The Flinders University Australian Studies Program is the most comprehensive in South Australia and one of the most extensive in Australia . It offers students the opportunity to study Australian society and culture through a wide range of topics in a variety of awards. Australian Studies topics can be taken in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of International Tourism and Bachelor of Education/Bachelor of Arts degrees. The four Bachelor of Education/Bachelor of Arts degrees in which Australian Studies topics can be taken are the Bachelor of Early Childhood; Junior Primary/Primary; Middle School and Secondary.
Australian Studies has a continuing and important relationship with Indigenous Studies and in liaison with colleagues in Yunggorendi. A number of topics are cross-listed in the Australian Studies Major and in the Indigenous Studies Minor. For more information on the Indigenous Studies minor sequence students should contact Yunggorendi First Nations Centre .
Australian Studies is part of the Department of English, Creative Writing and Australian Studies. Australian Studies topics offered can be found in the Topic Offerings list.
Why study Australian Studies?
Postgraduate studies in Australian Studies can be undertaken in a number of universities in Australia and overseas. Australian Studies is afforded a high priority as a teaching subject in South Australian secondary education. Australian-based topics are also taught in schools at all levels, from early childhood onwards.
There is a demonstrated need for employees in both the private and public sectors to demonstrate knowledge of events and issues affecting Australia , in both the domestic and international spheres. There is an equally demonstrated need in a broad range of professional contexts for cultural awareness about issues relating to Indigenous Australians. The print and electronic media require informed and articulate analysts and advocates. Government and the public service are in need of employees who understand a complex, multicultural society. In addition, Australian Studies topics offer an essential dimension for students undertaking related studies in International Tourism. As an area of specialisation with general relevance, Australian Studies offers much to those who wish to make connections between life in contemporary Australia , the region and the wider world.
Program of study
The following is the program of study for a 36 unit major sequence in Australian Studies and should be read in conjunction with the course rule for the degree in which you are enrolled.
Major - Australian Studies
Year 1 topics
AUST1001 Australian Studies: Identities (4.5 units)
plus 4.5 units from the year 1 topics listed below
AUST1004 An Introduction to Aboriginal Studies (4.5 units)
HIST1203 A Brief History of Australia (4.5 units)
HIST1803 'The Lucky Country'? Australia since 1939 (4.5 units)
POLI1003 Australian Politics: A Comparative Study (4.5 units)
Year 2 topics
AUST2500 Australian Studies: Social and Political Cultures (4.5 units)
plus 4.5 units from the year 2 topics listed below
ARCH2202 Australian Indigenous Archaeology (4.5 units)
AUST2610 Australian Studies: Indigenous Australian Art (4.5 units)
AUST2611 Australian Languages: Issues and Debates 1 (4.5 units)
AUST2612 Reconciliation and Indigenous Knowledges (4.5 units)
HIST2015 Maps and Dreams: Indigenous-Settler Relations in Australian History (4.5 units)
POLI2011 Australian Public Policy: Applications, Issues and Dilemmas (4.5 units)
POLI2019 Parties, Voting Behaviour and Elections in Australia (4.5 units)
POLI2020 Australian Indigenous Politics (4.5 units)
Year 3 topics
plus an additional 9 units from the year 2 topics listed above or from the year 3 topics listed below.
Honours Coordinator - Dr Christine Nichols
Program of study
Students undertake 13.5 or 18 units of thesis, 9 units of core topics and 9 or 13.5 units of elective topics.
Honours - Australian Studies - Thesis topics
Select 13.5 or 18 units from the topics listed below
AUST7100 Australian Studies: Honours Thesis (18 units)
AUST7100A Australian Studies: Honours Thesis (9 of 18 units)
AUST7100B Australian Studies: Honours Thesis (9 of 18 units)
AUST7100C Australian Studies: Honours Thesis (13.5 units)
Honours - Australian Studies - Core topics
Honours - Australian Studies - Elective topics
Select 9 or 13.5 units from the topics listed below to make a total of 36 units
AUST7797 Special Topic in Australian Studies A (4.5 units)
AUST7798 Special Topic in Australian Studies B (4.5 units)
AUST7799 Special Topic in Australian Studies C (4.5 units)
HIST7008 Australian History Wars: Half a Century of Debate (4.5 units) OR
HIST7012 Destination Australia: Migration since 1900 (4.5 units)
Information is available for the style and presentation of essays .