Everyday Life: Theories and Practices (GCST3630)


Our knowledge of everyday life is often taken for granted and yet cultural studies has developed some fascinating approaches to critically and creatively exploring the ordinary and extraordinary details that make up everyday life. Through case studies of everyday practices, spaces and experiences (waste, fashion, dreaming, eating, shopping, 'selfies') the unit explores key thinkers of the everyday as well as a range of research and writing methods (observation, thick description, close reading) that have helped to illuminate everyday life.

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Further unit of study information


1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x1000wd close reading task (20%), 1x1500wd (equivalent) fieldwork presentation (40%), 1x2000wd case study essay (40%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

12 Senior credit points of Cultural Studies



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Non-award/non-degree study

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Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.