From the Beats to Big Brother: Popular Culture Since the 1950s

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

From the Beats to Big Brother: Popular Culture Since the 1950s is a fully online unit with course content provided through Open Universities Australia by Macquarie University. As a student in this unit you will learn about the history of popular culture in Australia and the United States of America from the 1950s to the current point in time.

In particular you will focus on how gender, class, politics and race have helped to define the experience of popular culture. All forms of media from film and television to music and music videos are studied in this unit to bring up important moments in popular cultural history.

You will be encouraged to think about how popular culture has been received by different audiences and to think about your own personal experience as well.

If you are a history or media student this unit will be of particular interest to you!

Eligibility

Applicants should have studied some history or politics units at level 1 and 2 before starting this unit.

Areas of study

In this cultural history unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Historians and popular culture
  • Popular culture and family life
  • Suburban rebels
  • Youth cultures
  • The sixties and the counterculture
  • Black power and popular culture
  • Essay workshop
  • The sexual revolution and the seventies
  • The eighties
  • Hip-hop and black culture
  • Postmodern gender cultures
  • Interactivity and reality TV

Course pathways

This unit 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?

Upon successful completion of this unit you will have competent knowledge of popular cultural movements and trends from the turn of the previous century through to the present day.

You will be able to find, read and make sense of different types of historical evidence, including primary and secondary visual and written sources.

You will also be able to construct your own academic argument and support it through appropriate and accurate reference techniques.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in From the Beats to Big Brother: Popular Culture Since the 1950s 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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