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Study Literary and Cultural Studies at Curtin

Literary and Cultural Studies

Undergraduate Double Degree Major


English and Cultural Studies Double Degree Major (BA/BCom)


Explore socio-political issues and discover how society came to be the way it is today.

Study Literary and Cultural Studies at Curtin

Transferable skills

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Global Education

You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.

Specialist pathways

This course can be taken as part of a double degree.

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Literary and cultural studies explores the development of cultures and how meanings within them are circulated.

This double degree major suits students who are interested in popular cultural texts, socio-political issues and how society came to be the way it is today.

In this major you will explore the construction of cultural values and how they are creatively and socially articulated.

You will examine various media – novels, advertisements, newspapers, photographs, paintings, film, fashion, popular music, social space and social media – and how these encode and reflect cultural conditions.

By learning how to interpret complex texts, you will gain new ways of understanding and making sense of our world.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

How to apply

This major sits within the double degree combination of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce double degree. In step 3 of the application process, you will be asked to confirm the major you wish to study.

Applying as an undergraduate student is easy. For information tailored to your situation, visit our easy to follow instructions to get your application started.

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Career information


  • Arts administrator
  • Public relations officer
  • Journalist
  • Copywriter / writer
  • Conservator
  • Researcher


  • Media and communications
  • Education
  • Government

What you'll learn

  • a graduate of this course will have developed an understanding of the discipline of English and Cultural Studies; an understanding of its principle theoretical underpinnings, primarily based in structuralist and poststructuralist thought; an ability to apply this knowledge within this and across other fields; be able to use this knowledge in research to extend the general understanding of English and Cultural Studies
  • a graduate of the is course will be able to apply the theoretical, logical and methodological processes appropriate to English and Cultural studies to components of an issue that exist or arises tin the disciplinary field. This ability is key to thinking creatively and to generate innovative solutions to questions
  • the theoretical basis of English and Cultural Studies enables students to assess and make judgements about the appropriateness and usefulness of information derived from various sources
  • graduates of this course will be able to communicate effectively to the discipline using both traditional and new technologies and media
  • graduates of this course will be able to demonstrate the use of new technologies and media in ways appropriate to tasks at hand and research being undertaken
  • an underlying principle of both structuralist and poststructuralist theory is to encourage and sustain intellectual curiosity in order to enhance graduates' learning strategies and develop confidence in their own learning and development
  • English and Cultural Studies encompasses a number of fields such as postcolonial studies, subaltern studies, multicultural studies, diasporic studies etc. Global perspectives are necessarily embedded in the course and graduates will demonstrate and ability to think globally on the basis of understanding international practices and standards
  • as a consequence of point 7, graduates of this course will demonstrate a recognition of human rights, cultural diversity and issues of social justice that pertain to such matters
  • given that English and Cultural Studies is concerned with the relationship between theory and praxis, graduates of this course will be able to apply their acquired skills and knowledge both in terms of working independently and in teams, both of which underpin a demonstration of leadership

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

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Fees & charges

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  • Curtin course code: MDDU-LITCU
  • Last updated on: June 28, 2022