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Reading Culture, Curating Culture (11110.1)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 1 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 2 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Arts and Communications


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This unit is about taking a critical approach to the cultural forces and ideas that surround us. In contemporary society, we live in a web of such forces; A curated exhibition, a political or public information campaign, a well-written book, poem, story or television show, an engaging computer game or an effective film all serve to shape culture. These myriad stories don't simply reflect the world in which we see ourselves, but can also be used to limit what we see and our ability to imagine alternatives. In this unit, we will examine and analyse the ways and means by which cultural products are both shaped and 'read'. From Indigenous storytelling traditions to TED talks, to the algorithms and search personalisation tools that shape our digital lives, we will turn a critical eye upon the narratives that claim and build power over the people who produce and consume them.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit students will be able to:

1. Examine the role that cultural narratives play in shaping Australia's past, present and future, with particular reference to global, regional and Indigenous perspectives;

2. Explore how the tools and practices of their chosen professional field can communicate and challenge cultural narratives; and

3. Identify skills and knowledge that are transferable across creative and cultural industries.

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