This course will introduce students to key concepts in cultural studies. We will begin by briefly discussing the theories of Kant, Marx, Freud, and then examine some ‘classic’ texts in cultural studies by Williams, Hall, Fiske. We will move on to the establishment of cultural studies as a discipline with reference to the Frankfurt School and the Birmingham School. The rest of the course will chart the areas modern Cultural Studies are covering looking at topics such as (new) media, consumption cultures, post-modernism, gender studies, social networking, subcultures, etc.Learning outcomes:
Assessment: Final Exam.