CTA (Cultural Theory & Analysis)

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About the Course

Cultural Theory and Analysis is a postgraduate course as part of the Humanities and Social Sciences MA program.  It is an elective three- credit course.


Cultural Theory and Analysis presents the master students with an overview of the methods and strategies used in cultural studies, and familiarizes them with the main theoretical approaches in the field.  During the term we will make an attempt to comprehend and make sense of what can be called ‘cultural theory’.  In this way, the course not only aims to provide students with the necessary conceptual tools but also to prepare the grounds for more advanced theoretical research for the interested student.


The course is based on a new perspective that assumes ‘culture’, as is the case with ‘society, ‘politics’, ‘economy’ or ‘history’, to be a legitimate object of research in itself.  Maintaining an interdisciplinary framework and analyzing culture using a variety of methods and research techniques can enrich our capacity to see beyond the familiar gaze and to better grasp the complexity of any given cultural reality.  This can be done by reconciling theory and practice in a new research paradigm in line with the vision promised by cultural studies. To download the updated course syllabus, please click here.


Weekly Schedule


Week 1

Introduction: About the Course and Cultural Studies


Theory


Week 2

Cultural Theory and Cultural Studies: Terms and Methodology.  

Early Theoretical Approaches: Utilitarianism, Culturalism and Cultural Materialism


Week 3

Manufacturing Consent: Critical Theory and the Frankfurt School


Week 4

Film [Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)] 

Discussion: The legacy of the Frankfurt School


Week 5

Decoding Meaning: Semiotics, Structuralism, Post-structuralism


Methodology


Week 6

Audience Reception: Cultural Studies and The Legacy of Birmingham School


Week 7

Anthropological Approaches: New Ethnography, Self and Subjectivity


Week 8

Analyzing Discourse: Deconstructing “Race” and “Colour”


Themes


Week 9

Power and Culture: Ideology, Hegemony and Discourse


Week 10

Taste, Everyday Consumption and Subculture


Week 11

Sexuality and Culture: Gender Identity and the Queer


Week 12

Beyond the Nation: Cosmopolitanism, Transnationalism and the City


Week 13

Identity and Difference: Inter-culturalism and Hybridity


Week 14

Globalization, Space and Culture: From Cultural Village to Glocalization