Australian Society and Cultures

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: University of South Australia
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

Learn about the economic, social and cultural standpoints found in Australia with this online Australian Society and Cultures unit offered by Open Universities Australia and the University of South Australia.

The unit explores a range of topics, from the influence that Australia’s geohistorical setting has had on today’s society, through to our nation’s cultural diversity and various communities. Students will become familiar with a selection of theories and methodologies relating to Australian society and cultures, which will enable them to undertake their studies in a more effective manner. The Australian family and the traditions surrounding the concept of family will be debated, and students will be encouraged to reflect upon the accuracy and validity of many stereotypes that have emerged from Australian society.

Upon completion of the unit, students will be able to discuss specific events, terminology, values, and personalities found within Australian society.

Eligibility

No prerequisites for this unit; so anyone can apply.

Areas of study

In this arts unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Studying society
  • Social theory and society
  • Inequality and class in Australia
  • Gender and Australian society
  • Ethnicity, immigration and multiculturalism
  • Australian society – indigenous Australia
  • Health
  • Education
  • The sociology of law: deviance or difference
  • The nation of the state
  • The media and culture
  • Theory and research

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Indigenous Studies), University of South Australia

This unit is an approved elective in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Communication, Griffith University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit will give you beneficial insight into Australian Society and Culture, deepening your understanding of a range of aspects, including cultural diversity, communities, social inequalities, tradition, and authority. Students will also develop transferable skills in exploring the theoretical underpinnings of studying society.

This online unit will include discussion about inequality and class divides found in Australia, along with Australia’s approach to gender. The unit will require students to consider indigenous Australia, as well as the role of ethnicity, immigration and multiculturalism in Australian society. Issues such as health and education will also be addressed, along with religion, spirituality, social structures and sanctions, and culture and leisure. By studying this unit, students will become more aware of the complexity of Australian society and develop a strong academic stance on the matter.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Australian Society and Cultures from the University of South Australia.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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