Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.
|Dates & Locations:|| |
This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: 36 hours |
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
|Recommended Background Knowledge:||None|
|Non Allowed Subjects:||None|
|Core Participation Requirements:||Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.|
CoordinatorDr Karina Davis, Prof Johanna Wyn
ContactEducation Student Centre
|Subject Overview:||This subject explores how children construct and reconstruct their sense of selves against the backdrop of pervasive popular culture. It examines contrasting approaches to identity (e.g. developmental, sociological, feminist, postcolonial and postmodern) and contemporary debates about the place of popular culture and the media and entertainment industries in contemporary childhood and in children’s lives. The subject presents meaning-production around cultural products as the (variable) outcome of a balance between two forces. First, consumers’ ‘active’ construction of meanings, using the particular discourses which their particular social and material circumstances have enabled them to develop. Second, major firms’ increasing ability to influence the availability of particular discourses within which consumers can make sense of their products. |
An indicative list of topics in this subject is as follows: the roles of cultural commodities in children’s construction of gendered, classed and racialised identity/ies; childhoods, global capital and multinational companies; the role of the Internet in the commodification of childhoods; the child as consumer.
|Objectives:||On completing this subject, students should be able to: |
|Assessment:||Essays and assignments comprising 4000 words or equivalent. Report mid-semester, Essay (2500 words) end of Semester.|
|Breadth Options:|| |
This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:
You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
|Generic Skills:||On completing this subject, students should be able to: |
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