Culture and Lifestyles

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Griffith University
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About this unit

Focusing on material culture studies, this online unit in Culture and Lifestyles from Open Universities Australia and Griffith University explores the sociological theories of consumption. From Marx to post-modernism and everything in between, this unit focuses on theories of consumerism and commodity culture, and investigates how these are related to social change.

The unit also explores the objects of consumption, as well as consumption spaces and settings, allowing students to reconsider how material consumption dictates the way in which they engage with their own community. Exploring various theories and methodologies, students will gain skills in research, analysis, e and critical thinking.

Eligibility

You must complete Level 1 studies in Sociology before starting this unit.

Areas of study

In this Culture and Lifestyles unit, the topics you will study include:

  • What is material culture?
  • Perspectives on material culture
  • Researching and analysing material culture
  • Identity, action and material culture
  • The built environment as material culture
  • Embodied material culture

Course pathways

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Griffith 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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How will this unit advance my career?

As an exploration into culture and consumption and how these shape social change, the Culture and Lifestyles unit is an excellent study choice for anyone interested in a career in marketing, sociology, and anthropology.

The unit also deals with related issues such as commodification, exploitation, and inequality – making this unit an ideal program for professionals interested in working in the not-for-profit sector or in human rights advocacy.

Generally speaking, the Culture and Lifestyles unit will be of use to students looking at most future careers, as it provides students with a number of transferable skills, including writing, analysis and critical thinking, research and problem-solving.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Culture and Lifestyles from Griffith University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable 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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Financial assistance

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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