Defining Cultures

UTS

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Defining Cultures

  • Host University

    UTS

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Communication, Intercultural Communications, Intercultural Development, International Communications, Journalism, Mass Communications, Media and Journalism, Media Studies, Multicultural Studies, Public Relations

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    8
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    5
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    7
  • Overview

    Description
    This subject explores the debates about culture that underpins the development of the cultural and creative industries, beginning with a study of the meanings of the term 'culture'. It introduces students to the different ways that cultural analysis has been undertaken since the 19th century. It also considers the relationship between culture and power, the notion of the sub-culture, culture and the body, culture and the media, providing students with the cultural literacy with which to explore emergent cultural and creative industries.
    Subject objectives
    a. explain the major theories and concepts used to identify culture(s) and its/their specific social and political practices and formations
    b. analyse the cultural implications of specific individual and social behaviours and practices using the theories and concepts discussed in the subject
    c. explain the contemporary expansion of the cultural and creative sectors, including its political, social and economic contexts
    d. evaluate the stated aims and objectives of a cultural or creative industry
    e. reflect on their own practice using theories discussed in the subject
    Teaching and learning strategies
    Face-to-face classes will incorporate a range of teaching and learning strategies including short presentations, videos, simulations, discussion of readings and case studies and student groupwork. These will be complemented by independent student reading and participation in online discussion.
    Content
    The subject explores the debates about culture that contextualize the development of the cultural and creative industries. By using the theories and concepts that inform these debates to explore examples of contemporary cultural and creative industries (e.g. museums and galleries, city festivals, street events, online marketing), students develop an in-depth understanding of these industries in their social, political and economic contexts. Topics are likely to include the diverse meanings of culture, the consumer and the audience, the embodied subject, globalisation, connectivity, cultures and subcultures, culture and power, culture and creativity, culture and the body, culture and memory, culture and community.
    Assessment
    Assessment task 1: Seminar Paper
    Objective(s):
    a and b
    Type: Presentation
    Groupwork: Individual
    Weight: 20%
    Length:
    Oral presentation should be 10 minutes; Written paper should be 1000 words.
    Criteria:
    ? Coherence of structure
    ? Sophistication of explanation and argument
    ? Integration of literature
    ? Clarity of expression
    Assessment task 2: Essay
    Objective(s):
    a, b, c and d
    Type: Essay
    Groupwork: Individual
    Weight: 30%
    Length:
    1,500 words
    Criteria:
    ? Accuracy of evaluation
    ? Rigour of research practice
    ? Integration of literature
    ? Clarity of expression
    ? Professionalism of project presentation
    Assessment task 3: Report
    Objective(s):
    a, b, c, d and e
    Type: Report
    Groupwork: Individual
    Weight: 50%
    Length:
    2,500 words
    Criteria:
    ? Accuracy of evaluation
    ? Insight into relevance of practice
    ? Sophistication of research formulation and design
    ? Rigour of research practice
    ? Integration of literature
    ? Engagement with the literature
    ? Clarity of expression
    ? Professionalism of project presentation

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.