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GCST3604: Using Cultural Theory

Cultural Studies was widely discussed as one of the "New Humanities" in the 1990s, but a long history of debates about and theories of culture precede the discipline, and the processes of deciding what are the key texts and concepts of Cultural Studies is ongoing. This unit overviews foundational and emerging critical concepts and writers in the field. Students will also undertake reading and analysis exercises designed to help them come to grips with using "theory" in their own work.

Code GCST3604
Academic unit Gender and Cultural Studies
Credit points 6
(12 credit points at 2000 level Gender and Cultural Studies) or (12 credit points at 2000 level Digital Cultures)

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. To introduce students to currently dominant and otherwise foundational theories of culture, and to key thinkers and concepts in the field of cultural studies (including gender studies)
  • LO2. To provide students with a broad historical framework in which to position these thinkers and concepts
  • LO3. To give students critical reading skills to perform close readings of theoretical texts, and form responses to these
  • LO4. To develop students’ skills in making effective use of theoretical concepts for analytic tasks
  • LO5. To give students the writing and discussion skills to convey their knowledge and analysis to an audience