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- Historians and popular culture
- Popular culture and family life
- Suburban rebels
- Youth cultures
- The sixties and the counterculture
- Black power and popular culture
- Essay workshop
- The sexual revolution and the seventies
- The eighties
- Hip-hop and black culture
- Postmodern gender cultures
- Interactivity and reality TV
- Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
- Online assignment submission
- Standard Media
- Resources and Links
You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
You should have studied some History or Politics at Level 1 and 2 before starting this subject.
No special requirements
This subject was previously known as HST370 From the Beats to Big Brother: Popular Culture Since the 1950s.
What can we learn about the past when we study popular culture? This subject traces a history of popular culture in the United States of America and Australia from the 1950s to the present. We particularly focus on the ways in which class, gender, race and politics have shaped the experience of popular culture. Film, television, music, music video and other media are used in this subject to evoke seminal moments in the history of popular culture and students are encouraged to explore such non-discursive forms as primary sources. Students are also encouraged to consider the reception of popular culture by audiences and to think about their own experience of popular culture historically. This subject will be of particular interest to students in media and cultural studies, as well as history.
- Assignment 1 - Analysis Task (10%)
- Assignment 2 - Weekly Quiz (25%)
- Assignment 3 - Research Proposal (25%)
- Assignment 4 - Research Project (40%)
Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject