Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Popular culture is everywhere. From Australian beaches to Amazonian jungles, it shapes the way we eat, dance, shop, protest, and engage with the world. In this subject we examine popular culture through such globally transforming processes as consumption and inequality, migration and mobility, and in diverse expressions of gender, identity, style and human creativity. We also examine how anthropologists use film, the internet and other media to engage diverse audiences in vibrant discussion about the experience of being human.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJohn Taylor

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjects ANT2PCP

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Analyse in detail the intersection of contemporary anthropology with the popular media.

Essay, in-class test

02. Apply anthropological theory and methodologies to diverse issues and processes relating to popular culture

Research essay

03. Assess in writing and analysis the role of anthropological methodologies to understanding key issues in popular culture

Short essay, Research Essay, in-class test

04. Carry out in-depth research and develop complex arguments on a relevant topic in Anthropology

Research essay

05. Prepare a sustained and critically reflective written argument in Anthropology


06. Reflect critically on ethical issues relating to issues in Anthropology

Essays, in-class test and lecture/tutorial discussions

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJohn Taylor

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
in-class assessment tasks (1,500-word equivalent)40 01, 03, 06
one 1,500-word essay35 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
one creative assignment (1,000-word essay)25 03, 05, 06