Culture and Society: Introduction to Cultural Studies


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Undergraduate Level 1

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Fully Online

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13 weeks

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Domestic student fee:

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$755.00 (AUD)

International student fee:

$1,099.00 (AUD)


Please note: This unit will not be available in Study Period 2 or Study Period 4 in 2014.

Gain an introduction into the field of cultural studies. In Block 1, you are introduced to language, text and identity. In Block 2, you learn how culture is formed by, or within, a social context. In Block 3, you explore culture and society, understanding and analysing the relationship between culture, government and social regulation. The unit finishes by examining some of the main contemporary issues and debates in cultural policy. The unit aims to introduce you to the basic skills, concepts and issues involved in the multidisciplinary area of cultural studies.


There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Special Requirements

  • Broadband access


  • Essay 1 (40%)
  • Essay 2 (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam (30%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students will have been:

introduced to the basic skills, concepts and issues involved in the multidisciplinary area of cultural studies.


This unit addresses the following topics.

1Analysis - cultural texts - ways they produce meaning
2Part played by culture in organisation of society
3Relations between culture and power
4Language, text and identity
5Culture and society
6Culture, government and social regulation

Study Resources

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

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  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
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