Celebrity Society (SCLG2629)

UNIT OF STUDY

This unit outlines the sociological analysis of celebrity, examining how we can see celebrity as a particular social form characteristic of modernity, and what makes it possible to speak of a 'celebrity society'. It reflects on the history of celebrity, the concept of court society, the production of celebrity and the economics of attention, para-social interaction, celebrity in sport, politics, diplomacy, management and business, the power relations characterizing celebrity society, and the trend lines in the future development of celebrity.

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Classes

1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week

Assessment

1000wd workbook (20%) and 2000wd essay (40%) and 1500wd take-home exercise (30%) and tutorial participation (10%)

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No

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

12 Junior credit points from Sociology

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