Society and culture

Society and culture

About Society and Culture

Society and Culture investigates everyday life for what it reveals about who we are, and how we live in relation to others. It is a lively interdisciplinary field, at the intersection of everyday life and theory, critical thinking and creative practice. 

From art to the iPod, laboratories to recipes, public debating to cross-species encounters, tattooing, to writing, performance, dance, film, graffiti and multimedia, all cultural practices reveal how we make meaning, how we organize our social, political and environmental relationships and how we identify ourselves.

By studying Society and Culture, you will analyze and evaluate texts, discourses, material cultures and embodied practices. You will develop a vocabulary to engage with pressing social issues which are interdisciplinary by nature, and cross between different fields of knowledge and different aspects of everyday life. You will learn how to address the personal, practical,  ethical, political and imaginative dimensions of issues such as: nationhood,  globalisation, class, race and colonialism, gender and sexuality, medical representations of the body and the material cultures of science, animal studies, performativity,  ecologies and life in the anthropocene. Society and Culture embeds valuable practical skills for future employment, including effective communication and presentation skills,  critical analysis, and how to construct a cohesive argument.

What Society and Culture includes

For complete information on units, visit the Macquarie University Handbook website.

MMCCS offers a range of Society and Culture units, some which are theory based, and others that combine theory with practical and creative activities.  This includes units on: bodies, health and the media;  the politics of visual representation;  living cultures;  Australian film and television;  countercultures;  performance and popular media; performance practice; communities and cultural activism;  racism, punishment and nationhood;  gender, sexuality and (ab)normal bodies; practice led research;  ethics, politics and everyday life and nature-culture entanglements. At third year level, you will have the opportunity to undertake a significant research project based on fieldwork in a workplace, critical ethnographic research or theoretical research, which enables you to connect with careers and communities.

Ways to study Society and Culture

For complete information on courses, visit the Macquarie Course Finder website.

Society and Culture can be studied as a major in a qualifying degree, as a minor, or as elective units of study.

Undergraduate degrees focusing on Society and Culture include:

Bachelor of Arts with a major in Society and Culture
Bachelor of Arts with a major in Media, Culture and Communication
Bachelor of Media with a major in Media Studies (new for 2017)
Bachelor of Arts with a major in Media Studies (new for 2017)

These majors can also be studied as part of a combined or double degree, e.g. Bachelor of Arts with the degree of Bachelor of Laws with a major in Society and Culture

Society and Culture can also be studied as a postgraduate research degree (PhD and MRes). For more information on higher degree research, visit Macquarie's Research Degrees website.


For complete information on staff research, visit the MMCCS Staff page.

Society and Culture staff are active researchers and practitioners with expertise in areas including: visual and aural cultures, politics and identity, deconstruction, human animal studies, environmental humanities, psycho geography, feminist theory, psychoanalysis, continental philosophy, queer theory, whiteness and race studies, nationhood and globalization, cultural legal studies, media and social justice, identity and space, childhood studies, deaf and disability studies, auto/biography, material cultures of science, performance art, site specific and participatory art and performance, ethics, biopolitics and posthumanism.

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