Celebrity Society (SCLG2629)


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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1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x1000wd Workbook (20%), 1x2000wd Essay (40%), 1x1500wd Take-home exercise (30%) and Tutorial participation (10%)

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12 Junior credit points from Sociology

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