Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Arts and Social Sciences, Malaysia
OfferedMalaysia Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Yeoh Seng Guan


Previously coded COM4060(H)


The unit is a reading course that grounds students in contemporary debates on a range of social and cultural theory at an advanced level through a mixture of lecture inputs and seminars. Students will acquire interdisciplinary skills in critically evaluating key theoretical debates and situating them in the context of their thesis research projects.


Upon completion of the unit, students should have acquired:

  1. critical familiarity and competence with major debates in contemporary social and cultural theory
  2. interdisciplinary proficiency in discussing and debating, in writing and orally, advanced theoretical concepts
  3. critical relevance of the theoretical debates in connection with their own thesis research projects.


Three mini-essay questions (1500 words each): 60%; Major essay assignment (4000 words): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One 1-hour lecture and one 1-hour seminar per week.