ENGL 1111 - Introduction to Cultural Studies

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020

Introduction to Cultural Studies will be relevant to students interested in popular culture and the cultures of everyday life. The course will focus on key thinkers in Cultural Studies as well as the ways identities are constructed and maintained through everyday practices and engagement with material culture. The course content includes topics such as fashion, taste, race, gender, film, music, and the environment. Building on the tradition that started in the United Kingdom in the 1960s, this unit of study will introduce students to the key theories, concepts and methods of Cultural Studies as a globally-relevant discipline. Introduction to Cultural Studies is designed as the entry point for the Cultural Studies Major. The course will also suit all humanities students keen to be introduced to some of the major thinkers and theories they will encounter throughout their degree, and equip them with new tools of critique and analysis forged by this discipline.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ENGL 1111
    Course Introduction to Cultural Studies
    Coordinating Unit English and Creative Writing
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Course Description Introduction to Cultural Studies will be relevant to students interested in popular culture and the cultures of everyday life. The course will focus on key thinkers in Cultural Studies as well as the ways identities are constructed and maintained through everyday practices and engagement with material culture. The course content includes topics such as fashion, taste, race, gender, film, music, and the environment.
    Building on the tradition that started in the United Kingdom in the 1960s, this unit of study will introduce students to the key theories, concepts and methods of Cultural Studies as a globally-relevant discipline. Introduction to Cultural Studies is designed as the entry point for the Cultural Studies Major. The course will also suit all humanities students keen to be introduced to some of the major thinkers and theories they will encounter throughout their degree, and equip them with new tools of critique and analysis forged by this discipline.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Benjamin Madden

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1. Identify key theorists and terms in Cultural Studies

    2. Demonstrate a knowledge of key texts and topics related to Cultural Studies

    3. Use written and oral skills to apply an academic argument

    4. Demonstrate an awareness of critical skills required to read a range of texts

    5. Apply research skills to source materials for class presentations and assessment tasks
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Recommended Text: Sardar, Z. and B. Van Loon, (2013). Introducing Cultural Studies: A Graphic Guide, Icon: London.

    Weekly readings will be available online.
    Recommended Resources
    Anderson, K. and K. Schlunke (eds.), (2008). Cultural Theory in Everyday Practice, Oxford University Press: Melbourne.

    Bennett, T. & L. Grossberg & M. Morris (eds.), (2005). New Keywords: A Revised Vocabulary of Society and Culture, Blackwell: Malden, MA.

    During, S. (ed.), (1993 [1999]). The Cultural Studies Reader, Routledge: London & New York.

    Gelder, K. and S. Thornton (eds.), (1997). The Subcultures Reader, Routledge: London & New York.

    Mikula, M. (2008). Key Concepts in Cultural Studies, Palgrave MacMillan: London.

    Miller, D. (2010). Stuff, Polity Press: Cambridge.

    Sardar, Z. and B. Van Loon. (2013). Introducing Cultural Studies: A Graphic Guide, Icon: London.

    Sturken, M. and L. Cartwright. (2009). Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture, Oxford University Press: New York.
    Online Learning
    Additional course-related material is available through MyUni. This will include the Lecture Content, Reading and Activity Schedule, Additional Readings and Detailed Explanation of Assessment Tasks.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is structured around a weekly lecture followed by a tutorial. The tutorials are designed to add reflection, discussion and ideas based on the lecture material. The weekly readings will be dealt with critically in class, and students will be expected to participate in small group discussion as well as present individually prepared material to the whole class.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Students will commit the equivalent of 156 hours per semester to study in this course.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Learning activities may include lectures, face to face seminars and class presentations.
    Specific Course Requirements
    This course is not available for non-degree enrolment.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment may include a structured writing exercise, essay writing and a seminar presentation.

    Textual Analysis Formative and Summative 20%

    Seminar Presentation Formative and Summative 30%

    Research Essay Formative and Summative 40%

    Tutorial Participation  Summative 10%

    Due to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.

    The seminar presentation and class participation marks, worth 10% each, will be cancelled.

    Instead, both the portfolio and the weekly quizzes will count for 10% more of the final grade. Please note: in calculating that grade, the two worst quiz results and the worst portfolio entry will be discounted from the final grade.
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.

    Submission

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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