Cultural Studies (CLST) 201

Cultural Studies and Everyday Life (Revision 1)

CLST 201

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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CLST 201 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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Cultural Studies 201: Cultural Studies and Everyday Life is a junior-level, three-credit course that takes as its organizing metaphor, Raymond Williams’s remark that “culture is ordinary.” This course will provide an introduction to cultural studies by exploring, reflecting on, and evaluating how, on a daily basis, we are immersed in culture.

Course Objectives

  • To demystify the idea of “culture” by showing the ways in which it permeates our everyday lives.
  • To question the distinction between things deemed to be cultural and things assumed to be natural.
  • To explore the ways in which everyday culture can be a site of contestation.


CLST 201 consist of the following six units.

  • Unit 1: Culture is Ordinary
  • Unit 2: Domestic Cultures
  • Unit 3: Workplace Cultures
  • Unit 4: Recreational Cultures
  • Unit 5: Culture and Community
  • Unit 6: Culture, Experience, Identity


To receive credit for CLST 201, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least a “D” (50 percent). The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Assignment 1 Assignment 2 Assignment 3 Assignment 4 Total
25% 15% 25% 35% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Fedorak, Shirley. Pop Culture: The Culture of Everyday Life. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009.

Peter Weir (Director). The Truman Show. Paramount, 1998.

Kinka Usher (Director). Mystery Men. Universal, 1999.

Gurinder Chada (Director). Bend It Like Beckham. 20th Century Fox, 2002.

Other materials

All other course materials are available online.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the CLST 201 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “C-” (60 percent) on the work submitted.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1, March 20, 2012

Updated May 10 2016 by Student & Academic Services