Cultural Studies: Origins, Ideas and New Approaches
- Start date
- End date
- Year of study
- Year 1
- Term 1
- Module code
- FHEQ Level
- School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
This module is available as an open option in MA programmes that allow them.
This module explores the origins and development of Cultural Studies as a field, as well as the methodologies employed in the study of culture. It takes the study of culture in Asia, Africa and the Middle East as the starting point for an exploration of how key theoretical perspectives in Cultural Studies may be inflected.
The thematic foci include the study of hybridity and syncretism, power, modernity, postmodernity, science and the anthropocene.The module aims to decolonise the field of Cultural Studies and to pay attention as much as possible to the work of authors and practitioners from Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
- demonstrate understanding of key Cultural Studies theories in relation to the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East
- question the extent to which the existing field of Cultural Studies theory elucidates the study of culture in Asia, Africa and the Middle East and explore the ways in which it may be made more fitting
- evaluate and reflect on the use of Cultural Studies approaches and methodologies in the student’s areas of research
- demonstrate advanced communication skills
This module will be taught over 10 weeks with 2 hours of classroom contact per week consisting of a 1 hour lecture and 1 hour seminar.
Scope and syllabus
Cultural studies theories, practices, and methodologies; hybridity and syncretism, power, modernity, postmodernity, science and the anthropocene; The significance of the "non-West" as Method in its own right; Decolonising Cultural Studies.
Method of assessment
- 50% - Virtual presentation (of chosen cultural expression and analysis) individual or group (15-20 minutes)
- 50% - Essay (3000 words)
- The exact assessment deadline dates are published on the relevant module Moodle/BLE page
A full reading list will be made available at the start of the module.
Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.