University of Newcastle Australia program

Popular Culture and Society

This program, SCRN2200, introduces students to various scholarly frameworks, theories and perspectives on popular culture.

This program is part of the Bachelor of Arts degree offered by The University of Newcastle Australia

Analyse the complexities of popular culture and its social and cultural function

Popular culture offers a way of examining societal attitudes, values and ideologies across time and geography. It also plays a powerful role in shaping societal attitudes, values and ideologies. Popular Culture and Society explores how gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class and other socially codified markers of identity are represented in popular culture and how popular culture potentially impacts audiences. In this course students will explore the many competing theories, methods, concepts and frameworks that surround, explain and situate popular culture, examine popular culture examples and case studies, and discuss critical issues such as ethics, politics and histories.

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4 courses

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Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the relationship between popular culture and society.

  2. Illustrate the significance of concepts such as class, race, ideology and spectatorship to popular culture.

  3. Construct a critical argument regarding the issues surrounding popular culture at an intermediate level.

  4. Combine scholarship with original analysis in a popular culture case study.

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