Literary and Cultural Studies explores the development of cultures and how meanings within them are circulated.
This major suits students who are interested in popular cultural texts, socio-political issues and how society came to be the way it is today.
In this major you will explore the construction of cultural values and how they are creatively and socially articulated.
You will examine various media – novels, advertisements, newspapers, photographs, paintings, film, fashion, popular music, social space and social media – and how these encode and reflect cultural conditions.
By learning how to interpret complex texts, you will gain new ways of understanding and making sense of our world.
The Literary and Cultural Studies major is offered as part of the Bachelor of Arts. You can enhance your studies with a secondary major or choose from a range of elective units to support your career goals.
You can also study this major as part of a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce double degree.
What jobs can the Literary and Cultural Studies Major (BA) lead to?
- Arts administrator
- Public relations officer
- Copywriter / writer
- Media and communications
What you'll learn
- identify, explain and apply the key disciplinary concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies.
- apply the theoretical, logical and methodological processes appropriate to issues that exist or arise in the field Literary and Cultural Studies- this is key to thinking creatively and generating innovative solutions to questions.
- access and evaluate the sources, authority and relevance of information and synthesise key facts, themes and ideas in Literary and Cultural Studies.
- communicate ideas to a range of audiences and in a variety of media and genres.
- use technologies to access resources, communicate effectively and develop writing and research skills.
- use disciplinary skills and knowledge to sustain intellectual curiosity in order to enhance learning strategies and support different intellectual and professional roles required by the broader community.
- acknowledge the interrelationship between local, national and global perspectives and apply this to the enhancement of international practices and standards within the discipline.
- value a range of cultural knowledge and take care to represent these, where appropriate, in an ethical and professional manner.
- work independently and/or collaboratively to produce innovative and informed research that contributes meaningfully to contemporary culture.