Australian studies



What makes Australia tick? Who are Australia's people? How can we make Australia more sustainable? Australian studies can answer these questions and more. You'll get to do a unique cross-disciplinary examination of Australia’s contemporary issues and debates – in both historical and global contexts. This study area also helps you engage with Australia's history and geography, along with the politics, culture and society that makes us who we are.

Learn from exceptional teaching staff

Our teaching staff publish in high-impact national and international journals, collaborate with Australian and international scholars, contribute to current affairs in outlets such as The Conversation, and win competitive research grants and prizes for their research including Australian Research Council grants.

Australian studies courses

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Australian studies higher degree students have pursued a range of topics, for example, considering women and self-build housing, the life and times of one of Australia's first women doctors – Dr Mary de Garis – and Indigenous land rights.

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Career opportunities

Our graduate employment opportunities are across a diverse range of fields:

  • cultural institutions
  • education
  • government organisations
  • journalism 
  • law, commerce and business
  • libraries and information management
  • media
  • public service
  • social welfare, including community development in Australia and overseas
  • tourism.

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