Cultural Theory and Popular Culture
The objective of this course is to study the history of theories of culture from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. Issues studied include the relation between culture and society, with a particular emphasis on Australian Cultural Studies, art and commodity production, and the emergence of popular culture in industrial and post-industrial societies. The course caters to the interests of literature, theatre and visual arts students and of practising English teachers using the secondary syllabus. It has both a theoretical component and a strong applied component, illustrating the relevance of cultural theory to the analysis of literature, visual arts, popular music, fashion, film, television and other popular texts.