Media and film studies

Practising Cultural Studies

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

This module introduces you to the ways in which cultural studies as a theoretical approach can be used to explore aspects of life in the 'globalised world' of the 21st century. The first weeks are devoted to mapping and debating some of the terms cultural studies draws on.

In the second half of the term you will try out cultural studies approaches in cross-cultural contexts through the exploration of three selected areas. These may include:

  • a social issue (e.g. migration or 'culture on the move')
  • a topic engaging with personal experience (e.g. 'passionate attachments' whether for people, things or ideas)
  • or a topic engaging with cultural objects (e.g. focusing on the competition in relation to culture – the Turner prize, Booker or Young Musician of the Year on the one hand, Strictly Come Dancing or Master Chef on the other).

You will undertake focused cross-disciplinary study through carefully directed research tasks and reading on these topics. Teaching and learning will involve a mix of lectures, seminars, workshops, screenings, individual and group work. Assessment is by submission of an exercise, essay, and group presentation.

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.