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CMS2009 Celebrity and Society

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 4 February 2023


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 offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2022 Online
Date printed 4 February 2023