Graffiti, Kitsch and Trash: Crimes of Style - 2016

This unit contains mature content including Adult Themes, Drug use, Nudity, Sex / Sexual References and Violence and may not be suitable for some students.
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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • 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
  • 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 CLT220 Graffiti, Kitsch and Trash: Crimes of Style.

Are you a rebellious type? Are you a trashy type? Do you like the idea of ‘taste’ but not sure exactly what it means and how it’s constructed. In this course we explore subcultures and oppositional cultures, identity politics and the politics of style, the politics of high versus popular and low culture and cultural identities in global/local contexts.

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

  1. evaluate and critique the presuppositions that constitute hierarchies that classify, judge and position cultural objects and practices
  2. analyse the construction of cultural identities ethnic, sexual, gender and national in the context of marginalised practices
  3. create/synthesise given materials to develop academic arguments to respond to key issues raised in the course.
  • 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:

  • CLT220 — Graffiti, Kitsch and Trash: Crimes of Style
  • 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.

1Introduction: what is cultural value?
2Graffiti: crimes of style
3The identity politics of graffiti and public space
4Kitsch, bad taste and distinction
5Kitsch, mechanical reproduction and modernity
7The politics of kitsch
8Indigenous tourist art
9Kitsch, gigantism and miniaturism
11Queer as kitsch
12Celebrity trash

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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