Sociology of Culture

La Trobe University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Sociology of Culture

  • Host University

    La Trobe University

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Australian Culture, Film Studies, Intercultural Development, Literature, Media and Journalism, Multicultural Studies, Social Media

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    What makes a human being? What shapes character? What gives people direction and makes their lives meaningful? Which laws are obeyed, and why? In which way does a society form, or alternatively, deform, its individuals? In this subject we look at the central role 'culture' plays in all these issues. We consider repression and shame, authority and myth, initiation and psychic balance, transgression and forgiveness, and attempts to show how such forces conspire to create culture. Every culture draws its strength both from a body of moral laws and a collection of recurring archetypal stories. Drawing upon Western literature, art and film we go on to examine cultural breakdown and its dire consequences for both individual and society. At the same time we look at the nature of cultural restoration.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.