Summer School

Deakin students hanging out at Federation Square, Melbourne 

The Australian Studies Summer School offers you the chance to satisfy your intellectual and cultural curiosity about one of the world’s most diverse, friendly and harmonious cultures.

Deakin University is proud to present the 2015 Australian Studies Summer School. The program will provide you with the cultural orientation skills, information and experiences, analyses and interactions which will inform, entertain and heighten your understanding of Australia today.

Download the 2015 Summer School Brochure

Join us in the world's most liveable city! Deakin's Burwood campus at Melbourne is just a tram ride from the city centre, giving you ample opportunity to experience the café-filled laneways and vibrant nightlife of the cultural heart of Australia.

Students will stay in newly constructed residences on campus that will allow easy access to class and on-campus activities. All the students will be staying in the new residential halls, providing a collegiate and well supported experience with all the modern conveniences.

The unit:

AIX290 - Australia Today

Unit description
The unit studies current debates, issues and concerns in the understanding of contemporary Australian society and culture. It focuses on the interests of international students who need skills and understandings for work and study in Australia. Through an introduction to the key issues facing Australians today, the unit aims to develop students' skills for working and communicating in the international context; locate Australia in various global contexts, within the British Empire, Asia, the global economy, politics and international relations; and take an international perspective on diversity and difference in Australian culture and society, through a range of studies of popular culture, sport, settlement, landscape and people.

Class times

Students are expected to be in class or studying during the following times:

10 am to 3 pm most days. Some classes will extend to 5 pm.

Excursion days will begin earlier depending on the mode of transport and location.

Compulsory orientation program

Program is on Monday, January 5, commencing at 9 am. Meet in the foyer of Building LB.


Class paper and participation - 10 per cent
Field Report - 30 per cent
Major Essay - 40 per cent
In class test - 20 per cent

Study topics

  •     Australian history
  •     Landscape and settlement
  •     Australia in film
  •     The ANZAC legend: war and national identity
  •     Aboriginal settlement and unsettlement
  •     Australia and Asia
  •     Multicultural Australia
  •     Australia: a distinctive democracy
  •     The Lucky Country?
  •     Sporting nation: sporting culture
  •     Gender relations
  •     Global Australia


Cultural tours

Cultural tours are included in the cost of the program:

  • Melbourne Immigration Museum
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) (Melbourne's home of sport)
  • Australian Centre for the Moving Image

Summer school optional activities

Our Buddy Program offers you the opportunity to mix with Australian students and learn more about what life is like in Australia. Relax on the beach and hang out with your new friends. Fun activities include:

  • Learn to surf lesson (included in program cost)
  • Great Ocean Road tour
  • Melbourne Laneways tour  
  • Australian Open tennis
  • Kangaroo spotting
  • Australia Day party
  • Trivia night farewell
  • Barefoot lawn bowls
  • Karaoke night.

 Melbourne Sightseeing tour

  • Shrine of Remembrance
  • Federation Square
  • Victorian Parliament Building
  • Carlton Gardens
  • Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Docklands

How to apply

Deakin University has now moved to a online application system for the 2015 Summer School. To apply for the Australian studies summer school please visit our application portal and follow the instructions. If you have any trouble applying please contact us at

Applications close 21 November


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