Culture, Meaning and Social Life
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- 27 Feb 2023
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- Understand theories and arguments in cultural sociology.
- Critically evaluate theories and arguments in cultural sociology.
- Demonstrate reflective thinking on the nature and role of culture and demonstrate a capacity to apply sociological concepts to everyday life.
- Present a complex sustained written argument in cultural sociology.
- • Cultural sociology.
- • Meaning making.
- • Popular culture.
- • Social change.
- • Sociological theory and method.
Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed SOC2SOC (Sociology of Culture) are ineligible to enrol in this subject. Pre-requisites: Students must have completed 60 credit points of Level two subjects.
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What is culture? How do individuals and societies make meaning? Does culture shape social life or does social life shape culture? In this subject you will be introduced to sociological engagements with culture. Our central concern is with culture as meaning-making. We begin by considering sociological analyses of cultural forms, such as art, literature, music and television, and we examine cultural production and consumption in the digital age. We then turn to cultural perspectives on meaning-making as embedded in every aspect of social life. Through close up study of a range of topics, such as happiness, trauma, memory and love, we look at meaning as a central driving force for individuals and for societies more broadly.
- Online quizzes (800 word equivalent). (20%)
- Assignment/s (1000 word equivalent). (30%)
- 2000 word essay. (50%)
Current study term: 26 Feb 23 to 26 May 23
Textbook information is pending.