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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction; 'Crimes of Style'
    • The Cultural Politics of Graffiti
    • Graffiti as a 'Contentious Form of Political Participation'
    • Kitsch, Bad Taste & Distinction
    • Kitsch, Mechanical Reproduction & Modernity
    • Workshop
    • The Politics of Kitsch
    • Gigantism and Miniaturism
    • Kitsch/Art
    • Queer as Kitsch
    • Celebrity Trash
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links

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

  1. Demonstrate critical skills, informed by cultural theories, that will enable students to re-evaluate those practices of everyday life that are too often dismissed as worthless or ephemeral.
  2. Develop analytical skills that will enable students to examine and critique the presuppositions that constitute those hierarchies of value that classify, judge and position cultural objects and practices.
  3. Develop research skills that will enable students to present theorised, contextualised and informed accounts of key issues and problems in the context of subcultural and counter-visual practices.
  4. Demonstrate communication skills in order effectively and creatively to present research.
  5. Employ cultural literacy skills that will educate students on the importance of issues of cultural difference and ethical relations across diverse social and political contexts.
  • Assignment 1 - Assignment 1 (15%)
  • Assignment 2 - Assignment 2 (20%)
  • Assignment 3 - Assignment 3 (20%)
  • Assignment 4 - Assignment 4 (45%)

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

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:

  • MAQ-CLT220

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as CLT220 Graffiti, Kitsch and Trash: Crimes of Style.

This subject introduces students to a range of theories that question traditional hierarchies of value and that enable a critical re-evaluation of the practices of everyday life. This subject theorises key topics such as: countercultures; oppositional cultures and post-subcultures; the politics of high versus popular and low culture; and counter-cultural practices in global and local contexts. The following practices, sites and objects are examined: graffiti, hip hop and crimes of style; graffiti and the cultural politics of public space; graffiti as a form of political activism and dissent; the relation between kitsch and high art; the politics of kitsch in the context of colonialism and Indigeneity; the cultural politics of tourist sites; gigantism and miniaturism; queer culture, camp and kitsch; and celebrity kitsch.

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