Cultural studies Society, history and languages

Cultural studies Society, history and languages

From art to the iPod, graffiti to multimedia, all our cultural practices reveal how we make meaning, how we organise our social and political relationships and how we identify ourselves.

At Macquarie you’ll explore the political, ethical and social interactions and their consequences on everyday cultural practice while developing effective communication and analytical skills.

Careers in cultural studies 

  • advocacy and welfare officer
  • arts administrator
  • community education officer
  • community or public sector worker
  • cross-cultural worker
  • cultural affairs officer
  • cultural events consultant
  • development officer
  • diversity officer
  • lobbyist and activist
  • local and state government worker
  • multicultural liaison officer
  • policy analyst
  • researcher
  • support worker

Professional experience

Open your eyes to the world around you and actively investigate ‘real world’ situations beyond the lecture theatre through Macquarie University's PACE program.

Take your studies outside of the lecture theatre and test your theoretical knowledge against community standards and policies.

Through Macquarie University's PACE program you can gain unique cultural insight working alongside industry professionsals and actively investigating real-world situations and problems. Previous activities have included work with social and support groups, sporting communities, interest groups, charities, fan clubs and cultural clubs, volunteer projects, collectives or other social networks. This focus extends to engagement with media and performance production, archival and curatorial cultures, in addition to social service providers and policymakers.

No matter what you decide to study at Macquarie, PACE has an opportunity available for you. Learn more about the opportunities available through PACE.

Our expertise in cultural studies

Dr Nicole Matthews

Dr Nicole Matthews

Lecturer in Cultural Studies

Dr Matthews lectures across media and cultural studies at the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University. She graduated from Adelaide University with a BA (Hons) in English and Politics in 1991, and undertook her PhD at Griffith University, completing her doctorate in 1997.

Her work is positioned at the intersection of auto/biography, Deaf and disability studies, popular genres of broadcast and electronic media, and education. She also has an interest is the role of media in processes of social and political change.

She is currently working with Naomi Sunderland of Griffith University, on a book entitled Moving Stories: Listening to Digital Life Stories, which consider the way digital life narratives have been and might be listened to by policy makers and professionals, particularly in the area of health.

From art to the iPod, literature to fashion, high theory to pop culture, graffiti to multimedia, and from tattooing to writing, performance, film and television, all our cultural practices reveal how we make meaning, how we organise our social and political relationships and how we identify ourselves.

The analysis of culture provides insights into how ideas arise, how meanings are made and how they are communicated. In the Information Age, everyone is a "content provider", whether it's at work or on Facebook. Both rigorous and creative, Cultural Studies will help you understand the day-to-day practices of communication and representation.

Cultural Studies trains you in the analytical techniques and skills in research and argument that will prepare you for careers in fields like the media, public and private sector administration and policy development, education, the creative arts and digital communication.

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