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Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Cultural Studies)

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  • Objectives
    Students who complete the postgraduate diploma should: * complete the equivalent of honours and obtain a recognised qualification; * obtain an adequate basis for pursuing advanced studies in cultural studies at Masters or PhD level; * develop a specialist understanding in specific areas of study; * develop a capacity for independent research in cultural studies.
  • Academic Title
    Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Cultural Studies)
  • Course description
        * A thesis subject (37.5 points)
        * Five elective subjects (62.5 points)

    A total of 100 points - subjects are 12.5 points each, unless indicated otherwise.

    Thesis subject

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    106-512  Cultural Studies Thesis
    Topics selected in consultation with the coordinator.     Semester 1, Semester 2     37.50

    Elective subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    106-402  Cultural Policy and Power
    This subject introduces students to cultural policy studies as a distinct domain of cultural studies. It examines the stakes involved in defining and operating within cultural policy studies by working through the characterisations of creative indust...     Semester 1     12.50

    106-404  Memory Cultures
    The aim of this subject is to explore a theoretical history of remembrance in contemporary culture. We will begin by considering the massive transformations in cultural memory brought about by modernity. From this starting point we will consider the ...     Semester 2     12.50

    106-409  Celebrity Cultures
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-428  Media, Politics and Cultural Diaspora     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-430  Subcultural Studies
    This subject studies texts and events relating to various subcultural formations, including gangs, music subcultures, drug cultures, neo-pagans, sexed subcultures, bohemias, underworlds, body art cultures and virtual communities. The subject asks stu...     Semester 2     12.50

    106-432  Cultural Studies in Asia     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-436  Queer Theory Ten Years On     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-448  Theorising the Spectator     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    102-511  Imaging Australian Spaces
    This subject allows students to examine the ways in which Australian space has been represented in a variety of cultural forms. The subject explores how these spaces - conceived in a visual, literary and physical sense - have developed, and how these...     Semester 2     12.50

    102-512  Australian Cosmopolitanisms
    "Australian Cosmopolitanisms: Beyond Multiculturalism" explores a range of effects resulting from the traffic across national boundaries of culture, capital, people and ideas. Unlike some programmes t...     Semester 1     12.50

    106-403  Reading the Subject: Freud/Fiction/Lacan
    The subject provides an introduction to the basic tenets of Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalytic theory and some of the challenges and criticisms they have attracted. It examines the influences of psychoanalysis on representations of subjectivity and...     Semester 2     12.50

    107-409  Indigenous Photography, New Media, Film     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    107-405  Spectacles: Museums to Theme Parks     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     25

    107-458  Screen Affect: Culture, Bodies, Emotion
    This subject will explore visual representations of culture: aesthetic, affective, and political to explore the various levels of affect. Affect is a core concept in interpretive visual methodologies, involving the analysis of bodies within contextua...     Semester 2     12.50

    107-470  The Carnivalesque and the Cinema     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    131-471  Postcolonial and Indigenous Histories
    This seminar critically examines the scholarly phenomenon of postcolonialism in relation to the recovery and writing of Indigenous and colonised histories, and the related political struggles of Indigenous peoples around the world. The seminar will b...     Semester 2     12.50

    131-551  Gender: Representations and Histories
    What is gender and why does it matter? In this seminar we will explore how this concept emerged and the multiple meanings it has taken on in academic inquiry and everyday life. Representations of gender will be examined in both theoretical and histor...     Semester 1     12.50

    136-528  Medicine and Culture
    Over the ages people have deployed various methods - metaphysical, magical or the pure empirical - to combat the ravages of disease. Bloodletting, cupping, leaching, doses of highly poisonous chemicals, blisters, copious draughts of mineral water, hy...     Semester 2     12.50

    136-532  Reading Texts in Social Theory     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

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