- Code GEND1002
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Gender Studies
- Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Gender Studies
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Vivien Silvey
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2014
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An introduction to the field of cultural studies, this unit progresses through a “circuit of culture.” As the course moves through this “circuit of culture,” it introduces the key concepts and practices of representation, identity, production, consumption and regulation. Two areas of contemporary culture will be of particular interest to this unit:
(1) issues surrounding advertising, corporate power and globalisation, and
(2) debates about the representation of gender and sexuality in the media and popular culture.
In the first half of the course, students will learn to use semiotics, a method that is widely used by cultural and feminist critics to study how meanings are produced in images and texts. In the middle part of the course, coupling semiotics with theories of identity and subjectivity, students will analyse power relationships in popular culture. Upon completing the course requirements, students will have experience in applying core methods and theories analytically, and will be able to demonstrate critical reflection on key concepts shared by cultural and gender studies.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
understand the central model for this course: the 'circuit of culture'
master a variety of tools for cultural studies and be able to use them in a concrete study of artefacts, images, places or events in contemporary culture
become familiar with developments and current debates within the field of cultural studies, particularly issues surrounding advertising, identity and gender
improve skills in independent research and in written and oral communication
Tutorial exercises 500 words (10%) (LO 2,3,4).
Tutorial participation (10%) (LO 1, 2, 3, 4).
A semiotic analysis of approximately 1200 words (30%) (LO 2, 4) due in the middle of the semester.
A consumption diary and reflexive report of approximately 500 words (10%) (LO 1,2, 4).
A final project of approximately 1800 words (40%) (LO 1,2,3,4) due in the week after the last lecture.
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26 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials. Two 1-hour lectures, 1 hour of tutorial and 7 hours of associated study time per week (includes readings, and assignment preparation).
* Stuart Hall (ed), Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices, the Open University/ Sage 1997
* Roland Barthes, Mythologies, London, 1972
* Paul du Gay and Stuart Hall, Doing Cultural Studies: The Story of the Sony Walkman, Sage, 1997
The Journal of Popular Culture
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|6360||21 Jul 2014||01 Aug 2014||31 Aug 2014||30 Oct 2014||In Person||N/A|