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Contemporary Culture (CMS102)

School School of Arts
Credit Points 3
Description This unit introduces students to foundational concepts, theories and approaches to the study of culture. It is premised on understanding the relationship between power, identity and the role of the media in the production and dissemination of culture. We consider how culture and knowledge are produced, communicated, mediated and how they construct 'self-hood'. We also discuss cultural expression in everyday life and popular culture. You will have opportunities to think critically about these issues via mixed modes of assessment.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding the (inter)disciplinary relationship between cultural, media and communication studies
2. Apply language and theoretical concepts pertinent to cultural and communication studies
3. Demonstrate a capacity to critically engage with aspects of contemporary culture, especially as it relates to power and identity, as it is represented in diverse media forms
4. Demonstrate reading, writing and referencing skills
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed MCC103 Contemporary Culture may not enrol in this unit.
Previously 2013: MCC103
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Communication and Media Studies (BA) [New in 2014]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

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