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Religion and Popular Culture (REL102)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description Many people believe that religion exists solely in places of worship, but is this really true? In today's western, so-called secularized world, religious themes and content continue to proliferate in music, film, television, art, literature, advertising, and the media. This unit explores the reasons why, looking at the interplay between religion and culture, with the goal of understanding the influence that each exerts on the other.
Unit Learning Outcomes · LO1 Have learned basic theories of analysing popular culture and be able to apply these to cultural texts, including those encountered in class;

· LO2 Be able to explain how religion influences popular culture and how popular culture influences religion;

· LO3 Be familiar with the ways in which religious content and themes function as a cultural resource in a wide variety of contemporary contexts;

· LO4 Be able to identify some significant religious themes and characters as they appear in popular culture texts, including film, television, music, art, literature, advertising, tourism, and the media;

LO5 Have learned the skills of planning a research essay, including writing an essay proposal and searching for appropriate resources using library searches and online databases.
Timetabled Learning Activities Weekly lectures (1 hour) and tutorials (1 hour) during semester time.
Unit Learning Experiences · Lectures will be recorded and distributed to students.

· Students will learn to critically analyse popular cultural artefacts and texts.

· Interactive discussion with peers and tutors both in tutorials and through online forums.

· Students will undertake independent learning in the topic of religion and popular culture.

· Students will have the opportunity to interact with a range of experts on the various topics of the unit, through guest lectures and Q&A sessions.
Assessment Multi Choice Test; Essay; Examination
Prerequisites nil
Appears in these Minors Religion
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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