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Cultural Capital: Kant to Kardashian - AMST4112

Year - 2020

A cornerstone myth of American Exceptionalism is that the US is a classless society, but the consumption of popular culture is a classed phenomenon. This unit interrogates the principles of American studies by analyzing US pop culture. Part intellectual history of taste, part pop bonanza, it combines the trashiest cultural exploits (B movies, pulp novels, gossip sites) with the most brilliant meditations on cultural value, exploring why people like what they like, and what it says about them.

1 X 2hr seminar per week

1x 4000wds Research Essay (50%), 1x 750wds Research Proposal (15%), 5x 250wds each Portfolio (35%)


Faculty: University-wide

Semester 1

24 Feb 2020

Department/School: United States Studies Centre
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Mar 2020
Unit of study level: Honours
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? No
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