As somebody else has previously mentioned, our tutor also marked down everyone who used the word icon. Marking from our tutor was very hard. I generally receive 6s and 7s for my written work in most of the other humanities courses that I have taken and was lucky to receive a 5 in this course. From discussing with my peers, they also seemed to share the same feeling that their work was particularly harshly critiqued. The content's fine, just don't expect for it to be an easy ride if Robert Hogg is your tutor. Go Melissa for sure.
Interesting course overall, exploring many aspects of Australian Popular Culture from movies and music to drinking, gambling and sport. The few guest lectures have been informative and interesting. The convener is helpful. Assessment is relatively straightforward (two essays and attendance/participation marks), though they seem to crack down on unusual things and are very picky about referencing details. Each week there's some kind of audio/visual text (film, TV show or documentary) to watch as well as a reading and you must post to the Discussion Board for your tutorial on Blackboard (marked toward attendance/participation).
Tutorial discussions were productive and well-directed. I feel the tutorials were a little short. 1.5hrs would be great. The course seems to attract a high enrolment from international students interested in learning more about popular culture in Australia although it also forms part of some English and history degrees' program electives as well (I took it for my English single major).
I can see why some people would feel that it may be a bit of a "filler" and easy to just grab a pass and go, however, the course is still thought-provoking all the same.