Living Culture

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
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

This unit of study suits anyone who is interested in knowing more about how we as humans develop and participate in the culture around us. Once you are introduced to the foundational concepts of cultural theory, such as humanism and poststructuralism, you will start to appreciate the highly constructed and easily questionable norms of our living culture in all its forms.

You will study culture through the lens of performance, the body, class, race and gender, and gain an appreciation for the all-pervasive nature of culture, which covers everything from how we structure our interactions to how our place in society can affect our viewpoints. With the knowledge gained in this unit you will be able to find and question the cultural meaning behind our everyday practices.

This knowledge can be relevant to all fields of study, and is commonly referred to by sociologists, historians, writers and creators of all kinds who wish to reflect upon the world around them. It also flows into the discipline of ethics and will enable you to drive discussion and debate around cultural topics.

Delivered online by Open Universities Australia in partnership with Macquarie University, this unit is a core requirement for a variety of arts degrees.

Eligibility

Applicants with no prior university experience must complete one of the following units:

Areas of study

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

  • What is cultural studies
  • Humanism and poststructuralism
  • Subjectivity and Otherness
  • Bodies and embodiment
  • Performance
  • Subjectivity
  • Class and habitus
  • Gender
  • Sexuality
  • Race
  • Ethics

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

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

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?

After completing this unit you will be able to critique culture according to the proven methodologies of cultural theory. You will have gained the ability to examine and reflect upon everyday practices in society and analyse other texts that attempt to do the same.

By completing this unit you will have learnt to:

  • Conduct theoretical analysis of cultural practices and culture-related texts
  • Evaluate everyday practices and consider them within the milieu of cultural politics and cultural studies
  • Appreciate the ethical issues involved in contemporary culture
  • Use academic methods and your knowledge of classic and contemporary theory to engage in cultural debates

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Living Culture 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 is 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 FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP for this unit, 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).

Find out more about government study loans here.
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