Universität Wien FIND

124010 VO Introduction to Cultural Theories (2020W)

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


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

ONLINE (digital)
Owing to the pandemic, in the 2020 Winter Semester this will be an exclusively ONLINE (digital) course.

Tuesday 06.10. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Tuesday 13.10. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Tuesday 20.10. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Tuesday 27.10. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Tuesday 03.11. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Tuesday 10.11. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Tuesday 17.11. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Tuesday 24.11. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Tuesday 01.12. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Tuesday 15.12. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Tuesday 12.01. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Tuesday 19.01. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Tuesday 26.01. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

This ONLINE (digital) lecture course explores popular media as an object of cultural studies, introducing students to theoretical approaches, key practices and selected issues relevant to the study of cultural text and preactices following the British tradition of Cultural Studies. We will especially (1) investigate the processes of meaning making in the production and consumption of cultural artifacts; (2) analyse the inter-related dynamics of representation, knowledge, power, and subjectivity; and (3) relate these issues to intersectional categories of race, gender, class and the nonhuman. Theoretical models and perspectives will be constantly grounded in practical examples, focused on but not limited to visual cultural material (films, TV, music, digital media, subcultures, cultural practices etc.).

Assessment and permitted materials

Final 90-minute written exam.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

This lecture course will provide students with a theoretical, analytical and historical introduction to British Cultural Studies and cultural theories related to media, technology, psychology, economics, race, gender, sexuality, and the nonhuman. The aim of this interactive lecture programme is to introduce students to the major theoretical approaches to the study of culture/s.

Examination topics

All study-material will be provided on the Moodle e-learning platform.

Reading list

Supportive material (PPTs, texts, videos and video links) will be provided on Moodle.

Association in the course directory

Studium: UF 344, BA 612, EC 125, EC 126;
Code/Modul: UF 3.3.4-401, BA07.2;
Lehrinhalt: 12-4030

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