Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


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.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2021

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.


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



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


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

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.