Popular Culture and Society

Course code FMCS2200Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course will introduce students to the key scholarly perspectives that have put the study of popular culture on the map, encouraging them to analyse the complexities of popular culture in greater focus and depth. Popular culture forms a lens through which to view societal attitudes through time. It can, however, also play a powerful role in shaping these very attitudes. Popular Culture and Society offers an enhanced understanding of the ways in which gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class and other socially codified markers of identity are represented in popular culture; how popular culture potentially impacts audiences; video games, interactivity and moral panics; social media and self-display; makeover culture; and other topics and case studies. Each assessment item is designed to further student understanding of, and skills in analysing and researching, popular culture and society.

Available in 2015

On-Line from CallaghanSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Discuss popular culture as always both reflecting and influencing our society;
2. Relate concepts such as class, race, ideology and spectatorship to popular culture and illustrate their significance;
3. Construct a critical argument regarding the issues surrounding popular culture;
4. Combine scholarship with original analysis in a popular culture case study.
ContentThe course involves:
1. An overview of the many competing theories, methods, concepts and policies surrounding popular culture.
2. Examining a series of case studies and discussing critical issues such as ethics, politics, histories, etc.
3. Evaluating how audience / consumer / user relationships with popular culture have changed over time.
Replacing Course(s)CULT3240 Popular Culture and Society.
TransitionStudents who have successfully completed CULT3240 Popular Culture and Society may not enrol into FMCS2200 Popular Culture and Society.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge80 units at 1000 level
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsWritten assignment - 2500 words, 40%
Online Learning ActivitiesOnline activities - 2000 words, 35%
Quiz - On-lineOnline quiz - 25%
Contact HoursEmail Discussion Group: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Workshop: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 2 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for FMCS2200