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  • Objectives
    Students who complete the postgraduate diploma should: * complete the equivalent of fourth year honours with a research component and obtain a recognised qualification; * obtain an adequate basis for pursuing advanced studies in Australian studies at Masters or PhD level; * develop a specialist understanding of specific areas of study, showing an understanding of the latest research directions; * develop a capacity for an advanced level of analysis in relation to the specific issues in Australian studies.
  • Academic Title
    Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Australian Studies)
  • Course description
        * Thesis 12,000 words
        * five elective subjects

    Total 100 points - subjects are 12.5 points each, unless indicated otherwise.

    Thesis subject

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    102-503  Australian Studies Thesis
    An approved thesis topic selected in consultation with the fourth-year coordinator.     Semester 1, Semester 2     37.50

    Elective subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    131-471  Postcolonial and Indigenous Histories
    This seminar critically examines the scholarly phenomenon of postcolonialism in relation to the recovery and writing of Indigenous and colonised histories, and the related political struggles of Indigenous peoples around the world. The seminar will b...     Semester 2     12.50

    131-474  New Histories of Australian Politics
    The subject will examine the ways in which historians, commentators, political scientists and sociologists treat Australian politics, and how their work has shaped the writing of Australian history. It will engage students in different theoretical ap...     Semester 2     12.50

    102-511  Imaging Australian Spaces
    This subject allows students to examine the ways in which Australian space has been represented in a variety of cultural forms. The subject explores how these spaces - conceived in a visual, literary and physical sense - have developed, and how these...     Semester 2     12.50

    102-512  Australian Cosmopolitanisms
    "Australian Cosmopolitanisms: Beyond Multiculturalism" explores a range of effects resulting from the traffic across national boundaries of culture, capital, people and ideas. Unlike some programmes t...     Semester 1     12.50

    106-459  Postcolonial Writing and Theory     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    107-421  Contemporary Film Theory
    This subject will examine the development of contemporary film theory of the post-1968 period. Students will be expected to critically evaluate the significance and applicability of some of the following theoretical approaches: formalism and structur...     Semester 1     12.50

    107-540  Film Culture Bodies
    This subject will introduce students to the various film culture bodies in the community whose function it is to promote screen culture. These will include such bodies as the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, the Australian Film Institute, Scre...     Semester 1     12.50

    107-542  The Director's Cut
    The Director´s Cut is about the history of film directing and about film making from the director's point of view. The work of 3-4 directors will be selected for close study. One film by each director will be screened accompanied by a discu...     Semester 1     12.50

    166-411  Australian Politics:Democracy & Justice
    This subject will investigate how Australian constitutional democracy has been structured and how it has defined and developed citizenship and protected human rights. To address these issues students will investigate questions such as, How was Austra...     Semester 2     12.50

    131-703  The Writing of Australian History
    This seminar explores the ways in which Australian history has been written. It will consider the principal forms of the literature and the chief schools of interpretation, from the establishment of Australian history as an academic discipline to the...     Semester 1     12.50

    102-497  A Century of Australian Social Policy
    This subject explores the history of Australian social policy, interweaving five themes: the rise and fall of state-regulated wages, the ways that income support was shaped by this arbitration system, the gendering and de-gendering of the welfare sys...     Semester 2     12.50

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