Leisure, Society and Contemporary Culture
Not available in 2013
Previously offered in 2006, 2005, 2004
Takes a sociological approach to contemporary culture as well as drawing on the interdisciplinary field of cultural studies. Building on the introductory theoretical knowledge acquired in first year, this course is designed to develop in students a more detailed critical understanding of the relationship between society, popular culture, leisure and tourism. Emphasis in this course will be placed on student presentations, independent research, and tutorial discussions based on readings and in-depth analysis of various popular cultural forms.
|Objectives||On successful completion of this course it is expected that students will:
1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the relationship between leisure, tourism, popular culture and Australian society;
2. Develop a knowledge of contemporary popular cultural forms;
3. Critically interpret dominant myths and messages about social identity contained in a variety of popular cultural forms;
4. Critically engage with and assess contrasting theoretical viewpoints on the role of popular culture in society.
5. Introduce students to the basic principles of learner-centred learning.
|Content||The course will provide a broad understanding of the sociology of culture and cultural studies. It will consider complex issues of ideology, power and control through an exploration of specific popular culture forms.
This course will cover the following broad areas:
1. Introduction to popular culture.
2. Theories, texts and contexts.
3. Hidden Messages / reading cultural texts.
4. Tourism semiotics and the gaze.
5. Tourism and authenticity.
6. Cultural tourism.
7. Cultural politics and the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
8. The Culture of Fandom.
9. Reading Mills and Boon.
10.National icons in popular culture.
11.Sport and the Australian dream.
12.Gender sport and the media.
|Replacing Course(s)||Not applicable|
|Assumed Knowledge||LEIS1110 or CULT1050 or SOCA1010|
|Modes of Delivery||Internal Mode|
|Contact Hours||Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term