POPULAR CULTURE AND THE MEDIA

STC2PCM

Not currently offered

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Popular Culture and the Media is an introductory subject to the ideas, histories, theories and debates about culture in contemporary society. In this subject students will use a number of specific concepts and approaches drawn from debates about culture over the last 200 years to investigate such phenomena as for example, sports, TV medical shows, children's culture, popular romance and detective novels. Seminars consist of selected readings, screenings and discussion of case studies. It draws on some of the debates about culture and its relationship to power, politics, morals, pleasure and commercialization and economics from the Industrial Revolution to the present time. Throughout students are required to consider and investigate their own cultural formation and cultural origins in relation to the broader debates, which are considered in the seminars.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJohn Benson

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

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PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects STC3PCM

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Students will develop an understanding of popular culture as a contested domain.

Activities:
Student will examine the critical and popular literature on a variety of popular forms and the issues associated with the discursive framework which surrounds that discourse.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving
Inquiry/ Research

02. Students will demonstrate an energy and enthusiasm based on knowledge and disciplined analysis to engage with the popular.

Activities:
They acquire through discussion, research and application the skills to value their cultural choices and fairly consider the complexities which inform choices of others.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research
Creative Problem-solving

03. Students will demonstrate in writing a detailed knowledge of terminology associated with cultural debates considered in the subject.

Activities:
Students will be required to read for class a series of selected readings and to actively engage in tutorial class discussion including the presentation of a series of short prepared statements to the class throughout the semester.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing
Critical Thinking
Inquiry/ Research

04. Students will investigate the complexities of cultural choices and decisions by investigating their own current cultural practice.

Activities:
Each student will maintain a written record of their cultural choices and their reasons for their choices.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving
Writing
Inquiry/ Research

05. Students will recognise a number of particular approaches to cultural analysis which have been considered in class and be able to understand their historical context.

Activities:
By approaching a variety of issues through a case study model which is contextualised historically and culturally students will work individually outside of seminars and sometimes in small groups in seminars to examine aspects of each topic.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing
Inquiry/ Research
Critical Thinking

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