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CMS2009 Celebrity and Society

Semester 2, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 2 July 2022


Examiner: Andrew Hickey


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.

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.

Course learning outcomes

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.


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

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Case Study No 50 1,2,3,4
Assignments Written Report No 50 1,2,3,4
Date printed 2 July 2022