Living Culture - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • 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: Sem1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (30%) , Assignment 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit was previously known as CLT110 Living Culture.

Culture is something that feels both natural and constructed - it’s something we learn and continue to live and evolve with, but often we don’t stop to question where it comes from or why and how we participate. This course lets students get their teeth into examining cultural studies and culture itself as a living practice, using contemporary examples and popular touchstones to illuminate discussion and debate. Living Culture involves everyday practices, assumptions, interactions and beliefs. Using contemporary and classic theory as a frame, this course provides an easy access point for those new to cultural studies, as well as those writers, historians, media studies students, journalists, sociologists and other interested culture vultures wanting to gain more insight and agency into what we do every day and what the implications of those actions are.

At the completion of this unit students will have developed the following skills:

  1. understand and recall key Culture and Cultural Studies terms and theoretical
  2. synthesise and apply key methods of theoretical and textual analysis in relation to texts/images and culture 
  3. evaluate a number of the key theories, issues and debates in contemporary cultural politics
  4. apply key concepts to everyday practices in an appropriate academic form.
  • 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:

  • CLT110 — Living Culture

If you have no prior university experience, you should complete BAR100 Academic Learning Skills or COM10006 Academic Literacies: Learning and Communication Practice before starting this unit.

  • 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.

1What is Cultural Studies
2Humanism and poststructuralism
3Subjectivity and Otherness
4Bodies and Embodiment
7Class and Habitus

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

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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