ANTH 2041 - Popular Culture: Passion, Style, Vibe
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code ANTH 2041 Course Popular Culture: Passion, Style, Vibe Coordinating Unit Anthropology and Development Studies Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Prerequisites 12 units of Level I Humanities/Social Sciences courses Incompatible ANTH 2022 or ANTH 3022 Course Description Popular culture today constitutes a vital arena in which people derive great pleasure and make meaning in their lives. Through the myriad forms of popular culture in everyday life people define, explore and experiment with their identity and the identity of their society. Through music, shopping, soap operas, fashion and fandom people participate in contrasting strategies of living, building relations with others and society. The course investigates how theorists from a number of distinct academic disciplines have approached the issue of popular culture and mass consumption, and highlights what anthropology offers in terms of providing context-derived insights into distinct and discursive arenas of popular consumption and identity.
Course Coordinator: Dr Dianne Rodger
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Course Learning OutcomesAt the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1 Develop an understanding of the broad nature and theories of the anthropological analysis of popular culture 2 Deepen knowledge of and insight into key issues concerning the study of popular culture in anthropology 3 Obtain the ability to understand and apply key theoretical approaches to ethnographic representations of contemporary popular culture like music, shopping and art 4 Develop the ability to critically evaluate central themes, propositions and concepts in the anthropology of popular culture 5 Develop the skills to work collaboratively in teams as well as individually in a learning and research environment 6 Foster an interest in and commitment to continuous learning and social scientific research
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University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2,4 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 4, 5, 6 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 5 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 6 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 5, 6 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1
Required ResourcesA book of readings will be made available from the Image and Copy Centre for online purchase. These and other resources will also be available via MyUni
Recommended ResourcesThe references provided in the book of readings and others sourced from the course profile will be the recommended resources for this course
Online LearningThis course will make use of the online learning tool MyUni as a platform for learning in the course, making announements, making course material and assignments available as well as other course material such as Lecture PowerPoints.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures supported by problem-solving workshops developing the material covered in lectures.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
1 x 1-hour lecture (or equivalent) per week 12 hours per semester 1 x 2-hour workshop (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester 6 hours reading per week 72 hours per semester 2 hours research per week 24 hours per semester 2 hours assignment preparation per week 24 hours per semester TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities Summary
Schedule Week 1 Introducing Popular Culture Week 2 Popular Consumption: From domination to resistance Week 3 From Texts to Contexts:Ethnographic approaches to the tudy of popular culture Week 4 Research Activity Week 5 Shopping Week 6 Subcultural Expressions Week 7 Fashion and Style: The material dimension Week 8 Culture Industries and Brands: Ethnographies of Production Week 9 Disposing Culture: Popular objects in transition Week 10 Researching popular Culture Week 11 Essay Discussion Week 12 Essay Discussion and research activity
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Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome Participation Formative and Summative 10% 1-6 Group presentation Formative and Summative 20% 1-6 Short essay/ research activity Formative and Summative 20% 1-6 3000 word major essay Formative and Summative 50% 1-6
Assessment DetailParticipation: you are required to attend all workshops in this course. Missing more than 2 workshops witout legitimate explanation will result in failure of this component - 10% weighting.
Group presentation: all students will be required to participate in a presentation. This exercise is designed to give students a chance to work cooperatively in groups of 2 to 4 students - 20% weighting.
Short essay/research activity: this is intended to give students the opportunity to familiarise themselves with an area in the field of popular culture they may develop further in their major essay - 20% weighting.
3000 word major essay: students are asked to formulate their own research topic pertaining to the anthropological study of popular culture - 50% weighting.
SubmissionAll assignments to be submitted electronically via MyUni.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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