Subcultural Studies

Subject 106-430 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: 2 contact hours/week, 6 additional hours/week. Total of 8 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Usually admission to the postgraduate diploma or fourth year honours in English, Creative Writing or Cultural Studies.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Prof Ken Gelder


Ken Gelder
Subject Overview: This subject studies texts and events relating to various subcultural formations, including gangs, music subcultures, drug cultures, neo-pagans, sexed subcultures, bohemias, underworlds, body art cultures and virtual communities. The subject asks students to explore the ways identification can occur through the subcultural frame; to examine ways in which cultural forms can be contested or claimed by subcultures; and to read subcultures both textually and sociologically. On successful completion of the subject students should be able to analyse subcultural studies as an historically-framed discipline, beginning with late 19th century ethnographies and developing through the Chicago School and the Birmingham tradition to contemporary analyses.
  • understand cultural arrangements and identifications - in particular, the ways in which cultural forms can be contested or claimed by subcultures;
  • appreciate ethnographic problems in relation to the documentation of subcultures;
  • understand the politics of representation in relation to subcultural identification;
  • understand the formation of subcultural studies as a discipline, and the ways in which histories of subcultures may be written.
Assessment: An essay of 5000 words for 4th year students or 6000 words for masters students 100% (due at the end of the semester). Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of classes in order to qualify to have their written work assessed.
Prescribed Texts: A subject reader will be available.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • be able to apply new research skills and critical methods to a field of inquiry;
  • develop critical self-awareness and shape and strengthen persuasive arguments;
  • communicate arguments and ideas effectively and articulately, both in writing and to others.
Notes: Formerly available as 106-083. Students who have completed 106-083 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Cultural Studies
Cultural Studies
Cultural Studies

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