The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook

Description

The course provides an introduction to the relationship between communication, culture and texts. Students will be introduced to a range of existing textual analysis frameworks that illuminate how meaning is constructed. Through examples, such as participatory culture, reality television, and fashion, students will explore the relationship between culture and texts. Students will explore cultural representations, constructions of identity and difference and cultural production and consumption through the discussion and analysis of cultural texts.


Availability2019 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Online

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Describe how meaning is constructed and circulates.

2. Explain the relationship between culture and texts.

3. Analyse cultural texts using existing interpretive frameworks.

4. Interpret scholarly research on cultural texts.


Content

The course will focus on communication 'texts' broadly defined. Topics may include:

  • the use of language and imagery to construct meaning
  • the effects of cultural representations on the construction of identities
  • how culture is used, interpreted and invested with meaning
  • the connections between texts and social context
  • methods of textual analysis

Assessment items

Quiz: Online Quizzes (30%)

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Textual Analysis (30%)

Essay: Essay (40%)


Contact hours

Callaghan

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Workshop

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Online

Lecture

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Workshop

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks