Available to study online with Open Universities Australia, and awarded by Macquarie University, Cultural Contexts (previously known as Advanced Research in Cultural Studies) explores the methodologies and theoretical frameworks of cultural studies. By taking a closer look at the research questions asked by cultural studies practitioners, students will gain an insight into how the discipline works to analyse different actions and contexts.
This unit allows students to reflect on what they have learned so far in their studies, and also prepares them for further research study beyond undergraduate level. The unit covers a wide range of subject areas within cultural studies, including general topics such as ethics, legal studies, and cultural research, and also more specific areas like deconstruction and performance studies.
To be eligible to enrol, applicants must have successfully completed the following units:
And one of the following two units:
Asian Cultural Studies
And one of the following two units
Multimedia: The Poetics of New Media
Areas of study
In this Cultural Contexts unit, the topics you will study include:
Mapping 'the field': Bourdieu, habitus and cultural practice
Approaches: critical whiteness studies
Approaches: critical legal studies
Arriving on the scene: ethics
Approaches: critical health studies
Approaches: Australian cultural studies
Approaches: performance studies
Doing cultural research
From casebook to essay
This unit is an elective in the following course:
Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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Studying Cultural Contexts online through OUA gives students the opportunity to complete their Bachelor of Arts at Macquarie University, and has specific learning outcomes that can greatly advance their career.
Although the unit studies research frameworks and methodologies, the emphasis is placed upon how to use these in practice, whether in conducting academic research or in analysing a work environment.
As per the learning outcomes, at the end of the unit, students should be able to document, reflect upon and critically analyse the practices, cultures and political context within a particular field of action, such as a workplace or disciplinary context. This means that as well as providing the theoretical framework with which to analyse cultural contexts, the course expects students to be able to use these skills in practice.
Students will also be able to apply cultural studies research questions and methods to novel research contexts (which may include work settings), identify key problems within a field, gather relevant information and propose strategies. In addition, as it provides students with the opportunity to reflect upon and reconsider what they have studied so far, this unit also teaches critical thinking and analytical skills.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Cultural Contexts from Macquarie University.
Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
Gain industry-relevant skills and transferable knowledge.
Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP may be available.
Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.
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If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
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