BAAustralian Society and Culture

Credit points: 3
Contact hours: 60
Type: Practical Classes


Veronika Rot Gabrovec, PhD

Course Description

Aims and Specific Competences:

  • Becoming familiar with Australian society and culture
  • Intercultural awareness; Developing critical understanding of Australian, Slovenian and British cultures
  • Developing reading, writing, listening and oral communication skills

Course Description:

  • Representations of culture in Australia (tradition and unconscious versus habits and social rules / language and society / value systems / literature, film, music, etc.)
  • People and their environment  (geography, history, first inhabitants, immigrants, refugees, racism and nationalism, urban versus rural Australia, ecology, industry, etc)

Course Literature:

Selected chapters from:

Bird Rose, Deborah. 2000 (1992). Dingo Makes Us Human. Life And Land In An Australian Aboriginal Culture. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press..

Broome, Richard. 2001 (1982). Aboriginal Australians. Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin. Burnside, Julian (ed.). 2003. From Nothing to Zero. Letters from Refugees in Australia's Detention Centres. Footscray, Vic.: Lonely Planet Publications.

Flannery, Tim (ed.). 2001 (1999). The Explorers. Epic First-Hand Accounts of Exploration in Australia. London: Phoenix Press

Giles, J., T. Middleton. 1999. Studying Culture. Oxford: Blackwell.

Hughes, Robert. 1996 (1987), The Fatal Shore. A History of the Transportation of Convicts to Australia, 1787 – 1868. London: The Harvill Press.

Hirst, Warwick. 2003. Great Convict Escapes in Colonial Australia. East Roseville, NSW: Kangaroo Press (Simon and Schuster, Australia).

Knightley, Phillip. 2001. Australia. A Biography of a Nation. London: Vintage.

Ronowicz, E., C. Yallop. 1999. English: One Language, Different Cultures. London and New York: Cassell. 

A travel novel.


The final mark is the average of the positive individual marks. The individual marks are for: an essay, a test, a presentation, and an oral exam. Grading scale of 6-10 (pass) and 1-5 (fail), in accordance with the Statutes of the University of Ljubljana and with the examination system of the Faculty of Arts.