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124010 VO Introduction to Cultural Theories (2021S)

Popular Culture and Its Politics

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").



Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

The aim of this lecture is to acquaint students with major theories and concepts pertaining to New Cultural Studies that borrows from various traditions in order to provide the best instruments for up-to-date analysis and interpretation of contemporary cultures and their historical development. With the help of contemporary and historical examples from (chiefly) British culture, we will use appropriate critical methods and discuss our findings. We will address various cultural practices (production, representation, reception) as well as products (material objects, films, newspapers and periodicals, architecture, TV-shows, sculpture, etc.). We will link all these discussions to major theoretical traditions and concepts in cultural studies (Marxism, structuralism, postcolonial studies, gender studies; identity, hegemony, representation, discourse, etc.).

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

All four sittings of the final exam (60 min.) will be held on-site (if health regulations allow). Students will have to answer 40 multiple-choice questions, 30 of them for 2 points, and 10 for 4 points each.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

The benchmark for passing the written exam is at 60%.

Marks in %:
1 (very good): 90-100%
2 (good): 80-89.99%
3 (satisfactory): 70-79.99%
4 (pass): 60-69.99%
5 (fail): 0-59.99%


All material provided on the Moodle e-learning platform.


These texts/excerpts will be provided together with additional material (ppt presentations, bibliographies) on Moodle:

- Seth Abramson, "Ten Basic Principles of Metamodernism" (2015)
- Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities (2006)
- John Storey, "What is Popular Culture?" (2012)

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Studium: BA 612, EC 125, EC 126;
Code/Modul: BA07.2;
Lehrinhalt: 12-4030

Letzte Änderung: Fr 17.09.2021 12:28