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Urban Legends: Melbourne Intensive (HIST30071)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeHIST30071
Summer Term
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How are Australian histories and identities expressed in the urban landscape of Melbourne, and Australian cities more generally? Urban Legends offers an exciting look at the role of space, including the inner city and the suburbs, in the development of the Australian nation and the diversity of its peoples. This cross-disciplinary subject is taught intensively, with lectures by academics and industry professionals. It explores meanings of 'places', both real and imagined: from the city to the suburbs to the bush. Much of our learning involves site visits outside the campus. We will explore Melbourne’s ethnic precincts, such as Chinatown, as well as the city’s famous laneways with their internationally known graffiti; and will look at the national and local stories in exhibitions at Museum Victoria, the Shrine of Remembrance and other key institutional sites and monuments to see how they interpret Australian identities in the past and present. We will explore how identity and issues of of race, cross-cultural interactions, gender and belonging are negotiated in the city, and the role of economic and social factors in city life. This subject will appeal students interested in undertaking a detailed study of representations of Australia and national identity, and will build skills in historical and cultural analysis.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject should be able to:

  • use historical evidence, including visual evidence, to think critically and analyse complex issues about Australian culture, society and identity;
  • demonstrate familiarity with key concepts relating to society, culture and place and have knowledge of the development of Australia's built environments and the role of cultural institutions in defining issues of nation and identity;
  • select and identify their own sources through independent research, including the competent use of library, archival and other information sources;
  • Demonstrate an ability to use and apply techniques of historical and social analysis drawn from a wide range of sources;
  • Develop written and oral analytical skills relating to an understanding of historical and contemporary representations of identity; and
  • Demonstrate an ability to interrogate evidence within its historical and cultural contexts.

Last updated: 16 June 2018