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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

This course component will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the course component may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely.

About this major

The Cultural Studies major introduces you to critical approaches used in the study of a wide variety of cultural forms and practices. Cultural Studies is a field of study in which culture is understood not just as textual or artistic products like books, music or films, but in the broader sense of a dynamic and complexly patterned way of life.

The Cultural Studies major helps you understand the complexity of everyday life and the way that habits, texts, objects and beliefs are socially patterned and laden with values and meaning. It will provide you with a range of tools to analyse how cultural practices and meanings are produced, circulated and exchanged. It complements all forms of study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as Media and Communications, Education, and Law.

You will be equipped to become an informed and engaged critical thinker in relation to important contemporary cultural issues and everyday experiences.

For more information on the program structure and content including unit of study information, please refer to the Arts and Social Sciences Handbook.

This major is offered by the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies.

Graduate opportunities

Our graduates enter a wide range of careers. Examples include:

  • Academic or social researcher
  • Advocacy and welfare officer
  • Journalist or cultural critic
  • Arts administrator
  • Copywriter
  • Cultural affairs officer
  • Development officer
  • Marketing and communications or public relations specialist
  • Policy analyst
  • Publisher
  • Teacher
  • Education policy or designer

A major in Cultural Studies also complements all forms of study in the humanities and social sciences as well as law and legal studies, the sciences, the arts, government, economics, commerce and education.

Courses that offer this major

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Units of study in this major

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The course information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information.

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