Cultural Studies

UNDERGRADUATE MAJOR

A major in Cultural Studies introduces you to critical approaches used in the study of a wide variety of cultural forms and practices. As an interdisciplinary field of study, Cultural Studies will provide you with a range of tools to analyse how cultural practices and meanings are produced, circulated and exchanged. A major in Cultural Studies complements all forms of study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as Media and Communications, Education, and Law. It equips you to become informed and engaged critical thinkers in relation to important contemporary cultural issues and everyday experiences.

Study plan

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.

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 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 2000 level before enrolling in senior-advanced (3000) level units of study.

You complete a minimum of six credit points at senior-advanced (3000) level units of study. 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.

Graduate opportunities

Sydney Arts and Social Sciences graduates work in government departments at all levels, and major private sector consultancies and corporations, locally and overseas. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers a range of subject areas that prepare graduates for careers in administration, education, business research, marketing, media, management consultancy, public relations, gallery and museum curatorship, hospitality and tourism, community and welfare. Our graduates are proficient in research and inquiry, and demonstrate personal and intellectual autonomy, and ethical, social and professional understanding, qualities sought after by leading employers all over the world.

Further study for major

Eligible candidates may proceed to an Honours year in the Bachelor of Arts, or apply for admission to a rich postgraduate program in the humanities and social sciences, comprising advanced learning and professional courses. Master degrees include capstone projects ranging from internships with government and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas, the gallery and museum sector, and leading media organisations, to opportunities for independent research projects which prepare students for higher degrees by research.

Related subject areas

English, Sociology, Anthropology, Gender Studies

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