Units of Study

HSTY6945 - Australian Cultural History: Problems

Semester 2, 2013  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Kirsten McKenzie


This course explores nineteenth and twentieth-century Australia through the methods of cultural history. We begin by exploring how cultural history emerged as a discipline and discuss its possibilities and its challenges. We then move on to consider particular themes and debates within Australian historiography. Topics include: cross-cultural relations; manners, status and 'civilisation'; bohemianism; high and popular culture; sport; the beach; nationalism and imperialism; modernism and commercialism; Hollywood and celebrity.


1x 500wd proposal (10%), 1x4500wd essay (80%), class participation (10%)


1x2-hr seminar/week


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