School of Global Studies

Culture and Representation (L6075D)

Culture and Representation

Module L6075D

Module details for 2017/18.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

The module focuses on the anthropological master trope of "culture" and on the political dimensions of representing culture or "cultures". We consider how anthropological understandings of "culture", as well as anthropologists' modes of analysing and representing it in anthropological work, developed over the 20th century, partially in conversation with other disciplines. We also examine how "culture" operates as a key idea in the public domain, used by politicians, community and human rights activists, artists, scientists, museum curators and others in relation to a wide range of issues and debates when distinctions between "ourselves" and "others" are at stake. Finally, we look at some activities within the cultural domain (such as music, dance, theatre, verbal artistry) which have a performative dimension, and consider how anthropologists have approached these activities to address questions about structure and agency, embodiment, experience, art and aesthetics, creativity, power and protest.

Module learning outcomes

Knowledge of several key anthropological approaches to culture, representation and performance.

Understanding of the social contexts and political dimensions of cultural creation and performance.

Ability to critically assess intellectual arguments.

Ability to compare and contrast texts in a sophisticated manner.

TypeTimingWeighting
Coursework100.00%
Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
PortfolioT2 Week 12 100.00%
Timing

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.

Weighting

Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring TeachingWorkshop2 hours111111111111

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Prof Jane Cowan

Convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/592

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