Being and Belonging: Culture and Identity - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP4
  • Assessment: Essay - 2500 words (60%) , Journal - 2000 words (40%)

Unit provided by

2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,369.00

Students will develop understanding of cultural theories from historical to contemporary perspectives by exploring power and inequality, politics and representation, narratives and metanarratives. Students will also explore visual cultures and subcultures through communication and language, in the context of the changing technology and media.

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

  1. describe cultural theories in historical context
  2. investigate the effect of culture on the individual and identity
  3. construct narratives of culture
  4. identify cultural processes in a contemporary setting.
  • Essay — 2500 words (60%)
  • Journal — 2000 words (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — Students will require Windows Vista, Windows 7 or higher. UniSA does not support Windows XP.

A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this unit will be provided in your study materials.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia

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.

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