Contemporary Cultural Issues (SCLG2609)


This unit of study will examine key issues and debates within current sociological writings on culture. It will assess critically a range of cultural issues pertinent to structuralist, poststructuralist, deconstructionist as well as postmodern accounts of contemporary culture. An aim of this unit is to link concepts of culture to specific case studies, in order to facilitate the joining of theory with research. This aim will be achieved through addressing various issues, including analysis of cultural representations, popular culture, as well as the role of agency within cultural formations.

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Further unit of study information


1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


Tutorial participation (15%) and 2000wd Essay (40%) and 2000wd Take-home exercise (45%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

12 Junior credit points from Sociology, Anthropology, Gender and Cultural Studies, Socio-legal studies, ENGL1008, ENGL1026, PHIL1011 or PHIL1013



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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

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.