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Reading Culture, Curating Culture (11110.1)

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

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Identify the role specific narratives play in shaping the global and cultural and indigenous contexts in which the students' chosen fields of practice operate;

2. Undertake effective communication of an idea or concept central to their chosen field of practice, using a communication medium appropriate to that field; and

3. Engage with industry, through wide exposure to working professionals in in the creative and cultural sectors.

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