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Subject details

At the completion of the subject students will be able to:

  • engage in critical analysis of established theories that explain the production and consumption of fame, celebrity and stardom;
  • demonstrate knowledge of key concepts in the sociology of celebrity and deploy critical thinking about the assumptions and foundations of fame and celebrity in the 21st century;
  • deploy research skills, particularly library and database research skills;
  • analyse, evaluate and synthesise a range of contemporary images and texts;
  • demonstrate an ability to apply and test theoretical understandings through various assessment criteria;
  • develop sustained, logical and informed arguments.
  • Topics

    • The cultural industries approach to the production of celebrity
    • Definitions and historical understandings of celebrity
    • The human pseudo-event: celebrity as a communication enterprise
    • Power and the celebrity elite
    • Stardom and the movies
    • Authenticity and the popular music system
    • Magazines, newpapers, fashion and the tabloidization of celebrity
    • Reality TV and 'ordinary' celebrity
    • Celebrity politics
  • Study resources

    • Instructional Methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials

      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials
      • Online Assessment
      • FAQs

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

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

  • GRF-SGY348

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as SGY348 Fame and Celebrity.

This subject explores key concepts in the sociology of celebrity and considers ways in which fame is produced in contemporary society. A historical approach is incorporated, with discussion of the conceptualization of celebrity since the early 20th century.

In examining how society assigns, generates and uses fame and celebrity status, the subject emphasizes the way cultural industries construct celebrities and what the resulting omnipresence of fame means for individuals and society.

  • Case Study (35%)
  • Essay (20%)
  • Online Discussion (15%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam (30%)

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