Popular Culture and Society
Available in 2012
|Callaghan Campus||Semester 2|
Previously offered in 2013
This course will engage with the major theories of popular culture, media and society, as well as introduce various artistic and theoretical practices that form the landscape of contemporary culture. We look at aspects and ideologies of popular culture that include topics such as postmodernism, feminism; identity and sexuality; net activism and new technologies; media,television and film analysis. We explore theories that examine the basic issues of popular culture; some examples include power and surveillance, gender and ethnicity, private/public spheres and censorship.
This course explores the relationships between popular culture and society; it assists students in developing the skills that will enable them to:
1. Analyse the influence of new technologies on concepts of identity, gender, race and the body;
2. Relate concepts, such as race, gender, ideology, pleasure, activism to popular culture and illustrate their significance;
3. Construct a critical argument regarding the issues surrounding popular culture;
4. Apply theory critically in written assessment to analyse a case study;
5. Work well as part of a group;
6. Self-evaluate time management and preparation skills.
The course involves:
1. An overview of the many competing theories, methods, concepts and policies surrounding popular culture.
2. Examining a series of case studies from different media and discussing critical issues such as ethics, politics, histories, etc.
3. Questioning the importance of the notion of 'pleasure and play' in relation to the formation and experience of popular culture.
4. Evaluating the impact of new technology on popular culture and positions of spectatorship and usage.
CULT3240 Popular Culture and Society.
Students who have successfully completed CULT3240 Popular Culture and Society may not enrol into FMCS2200 Popular Culture and Society.
60 credit points at 2000 Level
Modes of Delivery
Email Discussion Group
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Email Discussion Group: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term