MCH1026 : Introduction to Social and Cultural Studies
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Clifton Evers
- Owning School: Arts & Cultures
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|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, space/place, 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 an 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 texts and issues. Some of the key themes and issues addressed may relate to the study of race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity and class, globalisation, consumer culture and a range of social justice movements.
Outline Of Syllabus
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 helpful texts in cultural studies.
3. In addition, the module will consider and discuss contemporary example. The module places a strong emphasis on understating how to link ideas and theories to texts, practices, institutions and identities. The intersection of cultural and social institutions 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.
|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|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Social and Cultural Studies introduce 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.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||2||A||40||Critical Photo essay. 1,500 words. 3 images|
|Essay||2||A||60||Essay, 2000 words|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
There are two methods for assessment on this module:
1. This photo essay (1,500 words; 3 images) assesses critical and theoretical engagement with course themes and concepts through visual and textual means, as well as reflexivity and narrative skills. It is not assessment of technical skills. This assignment is aimed at transforming student understanding across multiple communicative means, as well as through engagement with key ideas and issues outside the university and at work in their personal lives.
2. Students will choose an essay title (2,000 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.