Popular Culture, Social Change and Technology

SOC10014 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours Face to Face + Blended

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2022 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

28 Feb 22 - 29 May 22

5 Jul 22

Last self enrolment:
13 Mar 22

31 Mar 22

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Apr 22


SOC10004 Sociological Foundations

Aims and objectives

This unit examines the social, political and ethical dimensions associated with changes to popular culture driven by technological advancements. Students will engage with contemporary academic debates and analyse existing theoretical paradigms through practical case studies centred on pop culture. Throughout this unit we address three fundamental questions: 1. How does pop culture shape society? 2. How is pop culture shaped by technology in turn? 3. What are the new ethical issues or concerns emerging from the convergence of pop culture and technology?

Unit learning Outcomes: Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Apply academic concepts to practical, contemporary case studies of popular culture
2. Critically reflect on scholarly sources examining popular culture and social change
3. Accurately communicate academic ideas about popular culture and social change in written and spoken form
4. Evaluate the changing reciprocal relationship between technology and popular culture

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