Culture and Society E (V3069)

15 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

This module introduces the relevance and excitement of using cultural studies approaches to explore aspects of life in the globalised world of the 21st century.

The first few weeks are devoted to describing, debating and historicising key areas of cultural life, such as home, work, leisure and city.

In the second half of the term you're introduced to cultural concepts that are fundamentally contested within society. You will use cross-cultural and historical skills (developed in the first half of the module) to discuss, debate and explore issues relating themes such as:

  • taste
  • individualism
  • humanity. 

You'll be guided to undertake focused interdisciplinary study through carefully directed research tasks and reading on these topics.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 20 hours of contact time and about 130 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: