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This subject provides an introduction to a variety of ways in which city cultures have defined and articulated popular culture and critical social theory. Students will be introduced to contemporary urban narratives of places and spaces through a focus on city cultures, from Melbourne, New York, Hong Kong and Dubai. Students will explore and analyse issues around immigration and mobility, social identities and urban spaces, environmental sustainability, post-industrial economies and creative industries, in order to consider how cities have become central to our theoretical understanding of contemporary cultures.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should have:
- the ability to comprehend the ways in which the city has become centrally important for contemporary culture;
- an understanding of the key theoretical and methodological issues involved in the analysis of cultures and their representations; and
- the ability to appreciate the distinct ways in which different cities have been represented in popular culture and analysed in social and cultural theory.
At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:
- have developed social, ethical and cultural understanding of self and others;
- have developed critical analysis and synthesis;
- have developed effective written and oral communication;
- have information management and information literacy;
- have developed teamwork, flexibility and tolerance; and
- have developed time management and planning.
Last updated: 17 February 2020