Academic Cultures

Macquarie University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Academic Cultures

  • Host University

    Macquarie University

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Media Studies, Multicultural Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    What are universities for? How have student fees and the globalisation of higher education shaped the value and meaning of university study? What kinds of work do media and cultural studies degrees prepare students to do and how else might media and cultural studies change the world and the way people think about it? This unit gives students a chance to reflect on such questions as well as helping them come to understand what, in media and cultural studies, "counts as a relevant contribution, what counts as answering a question, what counts as having a good argument for that answer or a good criticism of it" (Rorty, cited in Becher, 1989, 26). The assessment for the unit is based on students' creative responses to real-world problems. Students have the chance to write in a range of academic and non-academic genres ? journalistic articles and posters as well as academic abstracts and essays ? and practice their verbal skills not only in the classroom, but also through interviews and in a student conference setting.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.