Graffiti, Kitsch and Trash: Crimes of Style

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: Macquarie University
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About this unit

Graffiti, Kitsch and Trash: Crimes of Style is an online unit provided by Macquarie University and Open Universities of Australia that critically evaluates subcultures and oppositional cultures by exploring what is meant by ‘taste’ and ‘rebellion' in relation to culture and the politics of style.

Throughout the course of this online unit, you will critique the hierarchies that classify and position cultural objects and practices, and consider the politics of high culture versus popular culture. In addition, you will assess the construction of cultural, ethnic, sexual, gender and national identities in the context of marginalised practices.

Finally, you will synthesise relevant materials to develop academic arguments which respond to the central issues raised by cultural and stylistic politics.

Eligibility

There are no prerequisites for this unit, so anyone can apply. It is assumed however that students will have an introductory level of knowledge about this area of study or relevant experience.

Due to the mature content of this unit, students under the age of 16 will be required to submit a signed parental consent form prior to enrolment.

Areas of study

In the Graffiti, Kitsch and Trash: Crimes of Style unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction: what is cultural value?
  • Graffiti: crimes of style
  • The identity politics of graffiti and public space
  • Kitsch, bad taste and distinction
  • Kitsch, mechanical reproduction and modernity
  • Kitschophrenia
  • The politics of kitsch
  • Indigenous tourist art
  • Kitsch, gigantism and miniaturism
  • Kitsch/art
  • Queer as kitsch
  • Celebrity trash

Course pathways

This unit is an approved 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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How will this unit advance my career?

Graffiti, Kitsch and Trash: Crimes of Style is a useful unit for anyone seeking to delve deeper into the issues of culture and identity politics. Through the frameworks of ‘graffiti’, ‘kitsch’ and ‘trash’, you will develop a deeper understanding of subcultures and the history of the politics of cultural rebellion. This could prove useful in a range of careers in arts or cultural studies and will also offer an interesting reflection on our present cultural identities.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Graffiti, Kitsch and Trash: Crimes of Style from Macquarie 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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