Cultural Studies Major

Please note: The information below is for students who are commencing in 2014.
Students who commenced their degree prior to 2014 should refer to the major requirements in the Faculty Handbook from the year in which you commenced– links to previous handbooks are available here


Pathway through the major

A major in Cultural Studies requires 36 senior credit points, including at least 12 credit points from core units of study at 2000 level and at least 6 credit points of core units at 3000 level (each unit of study is worth 6 credit points). The Cultural Studies units of study that are on offer in 2014 can be found here.

A complete list of units of study available to the Cultural Studies major can be found here. Please note that this list is for information purposes only and not all units of study will be on offer each year.

Junior units of study (1000 level)

In the first year of a Cultural Studies major you will complete GCST1601 Introduction to Cultural Studies and GCST1602 Introduction to Gender Studies. You may replace one or both of these units with any junior units from Anthropology or Sociology or PHIL1011 Reality, Ethics and Beauty, PHIL1013 Society, Knowledge and Self, ENGL1008 Australian Texts: International Contexts or ENGL1026 Constructing the Fictive Self.

GCST1601 Introduction to Cultural Studies demonstrates how media representations and cultural practices convey meanings that inform our everyday social and cultural world. While drawing upon students’ existing cultural literacies and providing contextual information about Cultural Studies approaches, it provides students with concepts and techniques of analysis that enable them to debate critical issues through the interpretation of cultural texts.

Senior units of study (2000 and 3000 level)

You can choose from a range of options at the senior-intermediate (2000 level) units of study that are designed to broaden your knowledge of Cultural Studies and its objects of study. You complete at least 12 credit points from core units of study and up to 18 credit points from elective units of study at 2000 level. Progression is achieved through breadth and depth, allowing you to draw upon your existing cultural literacies and providing contextual information about Cultural Studies approaches. Senior-intermediate units will provide you with concepts and techniques of analysis that enable you to debate critical issues through the interpretation of cultural texts. You must complete 12 credit points at senior-intermediate (2000) level before enrolling in senior-advanced (3000) level units of study.

For a major in Cultural Studies, you will complete a minimum of six credit points of core units at senior-advanced (3000 ) level. You choose from a small number of units designed to intensify your study of critical cultural theory and Cultural Studies research methods. You will be introduced to research and learning experiences through units that provide competency in a range of research methods, fieldwork and cultural theory. You may choose to focus on research methods or cultural theory or do both.