BAAustralian Society and Culture (Double-Subject Study Programme)

Credit points: 0
Contact hours: 60
Type: Practical Classes


Veronika Rot Gabrovec, PhD

Course Description

Aims and Specific Competences:

  • getting to know the Australian society and culture
  • understanding the specificities of the Australian society, similarities and differences with Europe/Slovenia/Great Britain and the development of a critical stance towards these issues
  • developing the reading, writing and listening speech capabilities/skills


Representations of culture in Australia (tradition & the unconscious vs. habits & social rules and laws/ language and society/ the system of values/ literature, film, music etc.).

Man and nature (the geography of Australia, history of Australia, city and bush, ecological themes, economy etc.).

People between themselves (family and society, the first inhabitants, immigrants, refugees, racism and nationalism, the icons of Australian society etc.).

Course Literature:

  • Bird Rose, Deborah. 2000 (1992). Dingo Makes Us Human. Life And Land In An Australian Aboriginal Culture.
  • Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Str.: 237.
  • Broome, Richard. 2001 (1982). Aboriginal Australians. Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin. Izbrana poglavja, str.: 13-25, 40-288.
  • Burnside, Julian (ed.). 2003. From Nothing to Zero. Letters from Refugees in Australia's Detention Centres. Footscray, Vic.: Lonely Planet Publications. Str.: 192.
  • Flannery, Tim (ed.). 2001 (1999). The Explorers. Epic First-Hand Accounts of Exploration in Australia. London: Phoenix Press. Izbrana poglavja, str.: 1-16, 35-56, 212-225, 254-264.
  • Giles, J., T. Middleton. 1999. Studying Culture. Oxford: Blackwell. Izbrana poglavja, str.: 7-125, 163-257.
  • Hughes, Robert. 1996 (1987), The Fatal Shore. A History of theT of Convicts to Australia, 1787 – 1868. London: The Harvill Press. Str.: 244.
  • Hirst, Warwick. 2003. Great Convict Escapes in Colonial Australia. East Roseville, NSW: Kangaroo Press (Simon and Schuster, Australia). Str.: 200.
  • Knightley, Phillip. 2001. Australia. A Biography of a Nation. London: Vintage. Str.: 353.
  • Ronowicz, E., C. Yallop. 1999. English: One Language, Different Cultures. London and New York: Cassell. Izbrana poglavja, str.: 99-125.
  • Travelogue.


The final mark is comprised of the following: test, written assignment and oral presentation.

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.