Cultural Contexts - 2016

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Unit summary

MECX350

  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (30%) , Assignment 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
AUD$
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit was previously known as CLT370 Cultural Contexts.

This unit gives cultural studies students an opportunity to reflect on what they have learned - about what kinds of research questions cultural studies asks, the methodologies it uses and the theoretical frameworks it deploys. Students explore the ways cultural studies can be used beyond undergraduate study - for further research, such as Honours or postgraduate research, and for understanding workplaces or other domains of cultural practice.

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. document, reflect upon and critically analyse the practices, cultures and political context within a particular field of action, such as a workplace or a disciplinary context
  2. apply cultural studies research questions and methods to novel research contexts, which may include work settings
  3. identify key problems within a field, gather relevant information and propose strategies.
  • Assignment 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 (30%)
  • Assignment 3 (40%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • CLT370 — Cultural Contexts

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient.

This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1Mapping 'the field': Bourdieu, habitus and cultural practice
2Approaches: critical whiteness studies
3Approaches: critical legal studies
4Arriving on the scene: ethics
5Approaches: somatechnics
6Approaches: critical health studies
7Approaches: deconstruction
8Approaches: Australian cultural studies
9Approaches: performance studies
10Approaches: ethnography
11Doing cultural research
12From casebook to essay

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  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.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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