Culture and Society, Minor

  • Western Sydney University Minor Code: 0264

Previous Code: SM1138.1

Available to students in other Western Sydney University Programs:  Yes.  Check that your program has the available credit points required to complete the subjects in this field of study. Any requisite requirements must also be met. Consult your Program Advisor for further advice.

Culture and Society is an interdisciplinary minor developing knowledge, research skills and analytic capacities relevant to understanding and interpreting landscapes of cultural diversity and social difference in our contemporary world, both in terms of the broad contours, as well as specific micro-social environments. This minor provides grounding in contemporary debates and methodologies in cultural studies and social theory, and draws on various disciplines including history, sociology, communications, and linguistics. Topics include popular culture, everyday urban life, cultural and social impacts of scientific theories and new technologies, multiculturalism, and contemporary spirituality. Study in this area is relevant for work involving commentary and analysis of contemporary social issues and cultural practices (e.g. journalism, teaching, activism) and fields concerned with designing, delivering and evaluating cultural and artistic productions, and education, communication, welfare or health services, in culturally diverse communities.

Location

Campus Mode Advice
Bankstown Campus Internal enquiriesHCA@uws.edu.au
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Internal enquiriesHCA@uws.edu.au
Penrith Campus Internal enquiriesHCA@uws.edu.au

Minor Structure

Students must successfully complete 40 credit points as follows.

Please note all Bachelor of Arts students including Pathways to Teaching, Dean’s Scholars and double degrees must complete the structure under the heading Bachelor of Arts.

Please note all Bachelor of Creative Industries students including double degrees must complete the structure under the heading Bachelor of Creative Industries.

This minor is available to students in other Western Sydney University Programs. If the minor is available on your campus, the program structure allows space for enrolment in the minor and pre-requisite requirements can be met, please follow the structure under the heading Bachelor of Arts. Consult your Program Advisor for further advice.

Note: Not all subjects will be offered each year. subjects will be offered on a rotational basis.

Bachelor of Arts Students

Arts students must choose at least two of the following subjects

Subject Title Credit Points
HUMN 3033Digital Cultures10
HUMN 1066Introduction to Culture and Society10
HUMN 2046Researching Culture10
HUMN 1049Understanding Visual Culture10

Bachelor of Creative Industries Students

Creative Industries students will have already completed HUMN 1017 Everyday Life (2021 or prior) or HUMN 1066 Introduction to Culture and Society (from 2022) as their Introduction to Major subject as part of the core requirements of the program and must choose at least two from the following three subjects:

Subject Title Credit Points
HUMN 3033Digital Cultures10
HUMN 2046Researching Culture10
HUMN 1049Understanding Visual Culture10

 Pool Subjects

Additional subjects to complete the minor can be chosen from the following pool subjects.

Note: Not all subjects will be offered each year. Units will be offered on a rotational basis.

Subject Title Credit Points
Level 2 Subject Pool
COMM 2009Cinema and Censorship10
LANG 2015Cultural History of Books and Reading10
HUMN 2020Digital Humanities and Research Methods (UG)10
COMM 2020Introduction to Film Studies10
HUMN 2040Politics of Sex and Gender10
HUMN 2044Representing Everyday Life in Literary and Visual Cultures10
HUMN 2056The Racial State10
PHIL 2015Thinking Cinema10
HUMN 2058Urban Life/Urban Culture10
HUMN 2062Youth Cultures and Moral Panics10
Level 3 Subject Pool
Select at least two of the following
POLI 3001Activism, Engagement and Social Change10
CULT 3002Children's Culture10
LANG 3018Children's Literature: Image and Text10
COMM 3006Cinema and Experience10
HUMN 3023Climate Change and Culture10
CULT 3004Consumer Culture10
LANG 3029Culture, Discourse and Meaning10
HUMN 3029Cultures of Crime and Punishment10
HUMN 3030Cyber Justice (UG)10
HUMN 3031Death and Culture10
HUMN 3034Emotions, Culture and Community10
LANG 3033Film and Drama10
HUMN 3039Food: A Cultural History10
HUMN 3044Healing and Culture10
HUMN 3048History of Sexuality10
HUMN 3051Human Rights and Culture10
HUMN 3057Islam, Media and Conflict10
HUMN 3107Labour and Culture10
HUMN 3113Migration and Social Change10
PHIL 3018Philosophy of Race and Racism10
HUMN 3064Politics, Power and Resistance10
HUMN 3065Postcolonial Australian Cinema10
HUMN 3069Queer Culture10
CULT 3020Representing Crime10
PHIL 3017The Body in Culture10
HUMN 3090Understanding Power10
HUMN 3091Violence in Everyday Life10
HUMN 3096What is the Human?10
 

Equivalent Subjects

The subjects listed below count towards completion of this Minor for students who passed these subjects in 2021 or earlier.

HUMN 1017 - Everyday Life, replaced by HUMN 1066 Introduction to Culture and Society