"My favourite course at UQ is POLS2310: Politics in literature & films. The main reason for that is its reading program is really amazing. It includes only masterpieces that you must read, from Voltaire’s Candide to Ellis’ American Psycho. But more than that, it also gives you the opportunity to watch and study among the greatest movies: A Clockwork Orange, Apocalypse Now… That is why this course is awesome." Gaétan Hy (France)

Our comprehensive range of courses in this field will not only allow you to gain specialist skills and knowledge, but will develop your written communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills which you will apply in many different jobs, careers and life situations.

Featured courses

The Australian Experience, HIST1201

Using contemporary issues in Australia – race, immigration, culture, environment, politics and foreign policy – the course explains the historical origins of issues and provides critical analysis. 

Australian Popular Culture, AUST2000

This course examines the social function of popular culture in Australia with particular emphasis on the period from the 1960s to the present. It explores how popular culture is produced and consumed and asks how specific forms (such as cinema, magazines, music, television, sport and leisure) contribute to concepts of individual and national identity. 

Contemporary Australia, AUST1000

This course provides a general introduction to key issues and debates concerning Australia as a nation, a culture and a society. It explores the forces shaping contemporary Australia and analyses their historical context. 

Introduction to Popular Music Studies: The Rock Era, MUSC1700

This course provides an understanding of our popular music heritage since the advent of rock’n’roll in the 1950s to the profound cultural and technological changes of the early 80s that signalled the birth of MTV, compact discs, sound sampling and video stars.

Writing for International Students, WRIT1001

This course teaches non-native English speakers the argumentative essay, focusing on developing and structuring an argument, critical thinking and analysis, and using sources.