City Cultures

Subject CULS30003 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1.5-hour lecture, a 1-hour tutorial and a 2-hour screening per week.
Total Time Commitment:

Total expected time commitment is 102-hours across the semester, including class time.





Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

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

Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject provides an introduction to a variety of ways in which city cultures have defined and articulated modern and postmodern culture. Students will be introduced to contemporary urban narratives of places and spaces through a focus on on city cultures, from Melbourne, New York, Hong Kong and Dubai. Students will explore and analyse how the city has been represented in architecture, fiction and film, in order to consider how cities have become central to our theoretical understanding of contemporary cultures.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the 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 city cultures and their representations;
  • the ability to appreciate the distinct ways in which different cities have been represented and theorised in architecture, fiction and film.

An essay of 1400 words (35%) due mid-semester, an essay of 1400 words (35%) due in the examination period and a multimedia exercise (blog/wiki) equivalent to 1200 words (30%) done throughout the semester. This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 75% attendance and regular participation in tutorials. 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.

Prescribed Texts:

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Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • 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;
  • have developed time management and planning.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts(Media and Communications)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Cinema Studies Major
Cultural Studies Major
Screen and Cultural Studies
Screen and Cultural Studies
Screen and Cultural Studies

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