|Semester 2 Credit Value:||20|
1. To allow students to explore culture and society in the context of critical theory.
2. To equip students with critical and analytical skills that enable them to examine some of the key ways that culture is understood, analysed and mobilised across a range of social and geo-political contexts.
3. To facilitate a critical space in which students consider the discourses, representations and relations of power which serve to constitute culture, society, identity, subjectivity and embodiment.
This module introduces students to contemporary Social and Cultural Studies. It explores the history, politics and ethics of Social and Cultural Studies as interdisciplinary fields of study, and invites students to consider the critical implications of some of their most dynamic contemporary debates. The module examines some of the key ways that culture is understood, analysed and mobilised through its analysis of a diverse range of media, social and political sites. We pay particular attention to the links among culture, power, identity, subjectivity and embodiment. Some of the key themes and issues addressed relate to the study of race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity and class in the context of postcoloniality, multiculturalism, globalisation, consumer culture and a range of social justice movements.
1. This module is aimed at students who are new to the field of cultural studies and/or who have some initial knowledge of the field. The module will encourage students to critically engage with some of the key terms, concepts, ideas, and approaches in Cultural studies.
2. The module will deal with key introductory material about critical theory, methodology and ethics, and will offer some answers to the question, 'what is culture?' The module will answer these questions in relation to seminal texts in cultural studies.
3. In addition, the module will consider and discuss worked examples via up-to-date case study material and will be marked by a strong emphasis on understating how to link ideas and theories to texts, practices, institutions and identities/audiences. The intersection of cultural and social identities will also be emphasised throughout the module.
4. Short, clear accounts will outline and consider key notions of social and cultural studies in terms of way of life, everydayness, practices, and texts.
5. This will be followed by a discussion of what is involved when thinking about human societies from the perspectives of cultural studies. The module will consider certain issues involved in further research and critical inquiry in cultural studies, reflecting local, national and transnational perspectives.
Students will gain:
1. An understanding and knowledge of the history, politics and ethics of Social and Cultural Studies
2. A critical awareness of the ways in which culture is differentially constituted through intersections with race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity and class across a range of social and geo-political contexts.
3. An in depth understanding of the different theoretical and conceptual frameworks that can be used to analyse the links among culture, power, identity, subjectivity and embodiment.
It is intended that on completion of the module students will be able to:
1. Acquire a theoretical vocabulary with which to discuss social and cultural categories, subjectivities and relations of power.
2. Critically engage with media, cultural, political, institutional and everyday understandings in the area of study.
3. Exercise their judgement in the most appropriate theoretical and conceptual frameworks to use when analysing social and cultural categories, subjectivities and relations of power.
|Graduate Skills Framework Applicable:||Yes|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||50:00||50:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||12||2:00||24:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||20:00||20:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||12||1:00||12:00||Seminars|
|Guided Independent Study||Reflective learning activity||1||40:00||40:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Student-led group activity||1||20:00||20:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||34:00||34:00||N/A|
Students tend to find Social and Cultural studies a difficult subject. One of the reasons for this is that it
introduces a different way of looking at the world. Given that the majority of the students come from a wide
disciplinary background, close and sustained support is required. Thus the lectures will provide formal
approaches to the areas that are being looked at whilst students in seminar groups will be able to discuss
and consider some of the more challenging aspects of the programme in more depth. The tutorials provide
students with a pre-arranged drop-in hour every week where they can discuss issues about the
module with staff one-to-one.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||2||M||40||Essay, 1500 words, mid-semester|
|Essay||2||A||60||Essay, 2500 words, end of semester|
There are two methods for assessment on this module:
1. A timed assessment mid-semester which is seen but which allows students to demonstrate skills in critical thinking and time management. Questions for this are pre-released and students have 5 days to submit a piece of work, 1,500 words in length.
2. Students will choose an essay title (2,500 words) from a list provided which broadly corresponds to the module outline. This will enable them to gain an understanding of a broad range of perspectives in their chosen area. This will allow them to develop their skills in writing and argument and providing systematic evidence to justify the claims that are being made.
Note: The Module Catalogue now reflects module information relating to academic year 14/15. Please contact your School Office if you require module information for a previous academic year.
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