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City Cultures (CULS30003)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeCULS30003
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

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.

Generic skills

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.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects

CICU30019 Cinema and the City; 106-300 Cinema and the City

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • A 3,000 word essay assessment, due in the exam period (75%);

  • A 1,000 word Multimedia exercise, done throughout the semester (25%);

  • This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance and regular participation in seminars. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorJoshua Mcnamara
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursTotal 48 hours: a 2-hour seminar and a 2-hour screening per week.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 10 August 2019