ATS1259 Exploring Contemporary Australia: land, nation, people: exploring Australia’s icons

What symbols and landmarks identify and embody Australia?

How have Uluru and the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and Barrier Reef, Anzac and vegemite evolved as cultural icons and what do they tell us about Australian history and identity?

This unit explores contemporary Australia through its films, literature, sport, myths, heroes and history. Organised around the themes of Land, Nation and People, it focuses on the making of national/gender/racial identity, white Australians reckoning with Indigenous culture and our changing relationship with the world and the region. It includes an excursion to the iconic landscape of the Rocks in central Sydney and/or a tour of the ‘Aussie Outback’.

For further details, refer to the handbook entry ATS1259 Exploring Contemporary Australia.