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Being and Belonging: Culture and Identity

  • Qualification:

    Undergraduate unit

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    13 weeks

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  • Awarded by:

    University of South Australia

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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.

What you'll learn

About this unit

By studying Being and Belonging: Culture and Identity, students will gain an insight into culture and its development over time, from historical theories to current examples.

The unit, provided by Open Universities Australia and the University of South Australia, aims to help students to understand culture and its historical evolution, before considering the effects of culture on the development of self and specific personality traits in an individual.

The proliferation of media and technology and their recent effect on visual and social culture will also be considered. Students will complete the 13-week unit with the ability to identify, understand and appreciate aspects of culture in modern social environments, whilst having an understanding of the historical development of this culture.

The assessment of the unit is made up of one 2000 word essay (40%), a 2000 word journal (40%) and a 500 word review (20%).




Anyone can apply.

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

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

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology), Swinburne University
  • Bachelor of Behavioural Studies, Swinburne University

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

Areas of study

In this Being and Belonging: Culture and Identity unit, the topics you will explore will be provided in your study materials.

For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.

OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.

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Career outcomes

This unit will give you an understanding of culture and how it has changed and been affected through time. It will also further your knowledge on developments in media and technology, and the influences of this on social and visual culture.

The unit's broad subject range means it has the potential to be a helpful basis for a number of different future career paths. Pursuing this 13-week program will help expand your knowledge of culture and its influences as well as inform your professional direction.

Payment options & support

Finance options

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

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

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. 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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