Cultural Studies and Society

Please note: this is archived course information from 2022 for SOCIOL 105.


A cultural studies approach to social life focuses on the way we experience the world, taking account of what we see, what we hear, what we consume and how we communicate. Sociological theory will be explored through investigating different cultural forms including film, advertising, art, social media, sport, and video games.

For full course information see the Digital Course Outline for SOCIOL 105.

Digital Course Outlines are refreshed in November for the following year. Digital Course Outlines for courses to be offered for the first time may be published slightly later.

Availability 2022

Semester 1


Coordinator(s) Dr Bruce Cohen


All mandatory readings for this course can be found in the following textbook: Cohen, BMZ (ed.) (2012) Being Cultural. Auckland: Pearson.

Textbook is freely available to download from:

Recommended Reading

Additional readings which are very useful for grounding students in the key issues covered on this course:

Barker, C. and Jane, E. A. (2016) Cultural Studies: Theory and Practice (5th edn). London: Sage.

During, S. (Ed.) (2007) The Cultural Studies Reader (3rd edn). London: Routledge.


Storey, J. (2018) Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction (8th edn). Abingdon: Routledge.

Storey, J. (Ed.) (2018) Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: A Reader (4th edn). Abingdon: Routledge.


Coursework + exam


SOCIOL 105: 15 points