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GCST5909: Key Thinkers for Cultural Studies

Based on close reading of individual authors, this unit introduces students with limited background in cultural theory to key thinkers for contemporary cultural studies. Students will learn about the influence of such theoretical fields as Western Marxism, psychoanalysis and feminism on cultural studies as well as how to relate cultural research to the cross-disciplinary traditions of structuralism and post-structuralism as these have been taken up in different intellectual contexts around the world.

Code GCST5909
Academic unit Gender and Cultural Studies
Credit points 6

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

  • LO1. understand the significance and place of literary, cultural, critical and social theories in the development and practice of cultural studies
  • LO2. understand the central ideas in the work of influential theorists within the field
  • LO3. engage closely with complex theoretical texts to understand your key claims, arguments and interventions
  • LO4. understand the problematics that particular theoretical approaches are concerned with and how they may be used to understand, reframe or address specific situations
  • LO5. distinguish between the priorities, concerns and affordances of different theoretical approaches and assess their strengths and limitations in different situations.