Faculty of Arts


Cultural Studies and Society

Please note: this is archived course information from 2018 for SOCIOL 105.


A cultural studies approach to social life focuses on the way we experience the world, taking account of what we see, hear, communicate, consume and produce. This course includes analysis of a wide range of cultural "texts" including (but not limited to) television, film, art, music, advertisements, video games, sport and subcultures. A cultural studies approach to the analysis of these "texts" examines the changing relationships between culture, society, history, politics and technology in the contemporary world.

Students who successfully complete the course will have:

  • A familiarity and critical understanding of a range of social and sociological theories relevant to the study of cultural studies and popular culture
  • The ability to utilise the above theories in analysing a range of cultural "texts"
  • An understanding of how people in western society are influenced by images and objects, including knowledge of the role of power in the production and consumption of such cultural texts

Course Readings:

All mandatory readings for this course can be found in the following textbook:

Cohen, B. M. Z. (ed.) (2012) Being Cultural. Auckland: Pearson.

View the course syllabus

Availability 2018

Semester 1


Coordinator(s) Dr Bruce Cohen


BMZ Cohen, ed. (2012) Being Cultural. Auckland: Pearson.


Coursework + exam


SOCIOL 105: 15.0 points

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