Media and film studies

Practising Cultural Studies

Module code: V3047
Level 4
30 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

Learn to use cultural studies' approaches to explore life in the globalised world of the 21st century.

The first few weeks are devoted to describing, debating and historicising some key areas of cultural life – home, work, leisure, city. In the second half of term, you're introduced to contested cultural ideas and debate concepts such as taste, individualism and humanity. Using cross-cultural and historical skills (developed in the first half of the module), you explore issues pertinent to these concepts.

You'll be guided in focused cross-disciplinary study through carefully directed research tasks and reading on these topics.

Module learning outcomes

  • By the end of the course a successful student should have a basic knowledge of the underlying principles of cultural studies.
  • By the end of the course a successful student should be able to develop lines of argument associated with contested areas of culture, adopting appropriate academic conventions.
  • By the end of the course a successful student should be able summarise and evaluate reading authored by cultural studies scholars.
  • By the end of the course a successful student should be able to interpret and use qualitative data associated with the course themes.