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120011 VO Approaching Cultural Studies (2021S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: English

Examination dates



Vorläufig digital geplant
If possible we will switch to ONSITE later this semester
Freitag 11:30-13 Uhr
Beginn: 05.03.2021


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course lecture explores popular media as an object of cultural studies, introducing students to theoretical approaches, key practices and selected issues relevant to the study of culture/s.
Major Topics:
Historical development of "Culture"
CCCS-concepts of "culture"
Concepts of "folk-culture"
Storey's definitions of Popular Culture
Development of "popular culture"/mass-culture in Modernism & Postmodernism
Postmodern capitalist consumer-culture (perspectives: Marxism, Frankfurt-School, pop-art)
Concepts of Subculture & Counter-culture: Historical development, theoretical approaches; example: The Beats (1950s) - Ginsberg "Howl"
- Gendered, Sexed, and Racialized Cultural Concepts of "the Other"

We will especially look at meaning making in the production and consumption of cultural artifacts, investigate the dynamics of representation, power and knowledge, and relate these issues to questions of race, gender and class. Theoretical models and perspectives will be constantly grounded in practical examples, focused on but not limited to visual cultural material.

Assessment and permitted materials

final 90-minute written examination
6 questions (to be answered in essay & note form)

IF ONLINE EXAM (if this is the case will be announced during WS 2020)
90 mins written examination
6 questions (all to be answered in full sentences)
Open-book exam

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

This lecture course will provide students with an analytical and historical introduction to the subject of Cultural Studies.

Examination topics

See moodle during semester.
Instructions will be given by the lecturer

Reading list

Supportive material (ppts and texts) will be provided on moodle

Association in the course directory

Studium: EC 124;
Lehrinhalt: 12-0272

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