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CMS2009 Celebrity and Society

Semester 2, 2019 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Celebrity & Society
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 100700 - Communication & Media Studies
Grading basis : Graded

Staffing

Examiner: Andrew Hickey

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.

Rationale

In an age of celebrity, the effects of fame, stardom and popularity stand as a prominent aspect of the media landscape. This course explores the nature of celebrity and the effect of celebrity in contemporary social, economic and political contexts. In particular, this course will survey celebrity in relation to the significance it holds in defining contemporary popular cultures and the media industries that give rise to fame and stardom.

Synopsis

This course examines the emergence, prevalence and social effects of celebrity. Using contemporary popular culture as a frame of reference, celebrity will be considered according to the cultural and political economy of celebrity and the media industries that promulgate interest in fame and stardom. Focusing specifically on the formations of the celebrity figure, the media industries that provide a context for understanding celebrity and the function of celebrity as commodity, this course will provide a survey of celebrity cultures and contemporary popular mass media.

Objectives

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. discuss the defining features of contemporary celebrity cultures
  2. identify and critically discuss the cultural and political economies of celebrity
  3. use key disciplinary terms and/or approaches in the study of celebrity cultures
  4. conduct cultural and political economy analysis of celebrity.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Fame and celebrity 20.00
2. Cultural economies of fame and celebrity 40.00
3. Political economies of fame and celebrity. 40.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2019&sem=02&subject1=CMS2009)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 39.00
Private Study 126.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 40 16 Jul 2019
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 60 16 Jul 2019

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them, to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
2. forms part of the Bachelor of Education and is benchmarked against the:

  1. internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.
  2. Queensland College of Teachers
  3. Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).