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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : Lifelong Learning (LLC)

Undergraduate Course: Introducing Cultural Studies (Credit Plus) (LLLG07067)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeSandwich AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaLifelong Learning (LLC) Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course is for HSS International Foundation Programme students only; it is not available to undergraduate students.

Introducing Cultural Studies is designed to encourage critical thinking and to help students develop the analytical skills required to interpret and critically assess texts, images and objects across diverse media. The course will introduce key ideas and theories in the field of cultural studies, and the knowledge and skills developed will be transferable to a broad range of disciplinary contexts.

The course is based on the existing Open Studies 'credit plus' model, which combines academic content and study skills elements, helping students develop the academic skills required for successful undergraduate study in the humanities.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Lifelong Learning - Session 2, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  12
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 50, Formative Assessment Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 44 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, students will be able to:
- Identify and understand some of the central issues in cultural studies;
- Demonstrate their understanding both orally and in writing;
- Employ critical skills of interpretation, argument and analysis;
- Define a research question;
- Undertake further study in the humanities;
- Engage confidently with a range of media and learning technologies.
Assessment Information
The course will be assessed through two instruments of assessment.

Essay: Students will submit one essay of 2000 words at the end of the course. This will account for 75% of the overall course grade. Individual essay questions will be developed over the course, allowing students to select and focus on an area of particular interest to them and giving them practice in defining a focus for their writing. As a formative task, students will present a poster in class, discussing the proposed subject/focus in some depth with the tutor and their peers.

Unseen: The remaining 25% will awarded on the basis of an unseen written assessment. There will be a practice unseen in week 5, which will focus on the analysis of an object, and the tutor will give feedback that will assist with both the essay and the final unseen.

To pass, students must achieve a minimum of 40% in the combined mark (and a minimum of 30% in each assessment component).
Special Arrangements
Students must only be enrolled by the Office of Lifelong Learning
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus There will be three 1.5 hour sessions per week, over 11 weeks. Each session will deal with a specific topic and will combine short lectures (with audio/visual materials), group tasks, and discussion. The first five weeks focus on key arguments and explicitly develop critical skills, in order to model good practice in close reading and analysis. Thereafter, study skills (analysis, argumentation, critical reading, etc.) will be embedded. The course material will be made available through Learn and links to external online sources will be given. Students will be expected to undertake reading/ viewing in preparation for classes.

1. Introduction
a. What is Cultural Studies?
b. The Object of Cultural Studies
c. Culture and Everyday Life

2. Reading Texts, Images and Objects
a. What are the differences between texts, images and objects?
b. Semiotics: Signs and their Role
c. Analysis 1: Advertising

3. High and Low
a. Culture, Tradition and the Role of Institutions
b. Taste and Distinction
c. Analysis 2: Art by Yasmin Reza

4. The Culture Industry
a. Mass Culture: Propaganda and Kitsch
b. Aestheticising Everyday Life
c. Analysis 3: Newspapers, Montage and Film

5. Counter Cultures
a. Avant-gardes and cultural resistance
b. Approaches to analysis 3: The Spectacle and the Gaze
c. Analysis 4: Public Events: The Olympics
a. Practice Unseen and Essay Planning Workshop

6 & 7: Digital Culture
b. The Internet and New Media
c Technology and the Body
a. Virtual identities and Social media
b. Gaming and Digital Ethics
c. Feedback and Essay Planning Session

8 & 9: Film, Music and Fashion
a. Gender and the gaze
b. Hollywood and Independent Films
c. Fan Culture
a. Fashion, Music and Rebellion
b. Fashion and Identity

c. Posters 1-6
a. Posters 7-12

10 & 11: Spaces, Places and Movement
b. Globalism and Post-Colonialism
c. Multiculturalism
a. Tourism and Travel
b. Pseudo-Spaces: Airports and Hotels
c. Unseen Assessment and Essay Guidance

Transferable skills The critical skills learnt through cultural analysis can be applied across the range of academic disciplines and beyond. In addition, the students will engage with a variety of learning technologies and develop their confidence in academic writing.
Reading list Essential:
Bennett, Andy 2005. Culture and Everyday Life. London: Sage.

Adorno, T. W., 2001.The Culture Industry: Selected Essays on Mass Culture. London: Routledge.
Barthes, Roland 1972. Mythologies. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Benjamin, Walter 2008. The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility, and Other Writings on Media. Ed. Michael Jennings, Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press.
Bennet, T. et al eds., 2005. New Keywords: A Revised Vocabulary of Culture and Society. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
Bordieu, Pierre 1984. Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste. Cambridge MA: Harvard UP.
During, Simon ed., 1999. The Cultural Studies Reader. 2nd ed. London: Routledge.
Debord, Guy 2000. The Society of the Spectacle. Detroit: Black and Red.
Foucault, Michel 1995. Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison. London: Vintage.
Jameson, Fredric 1990. Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism. Durham: Duke University Press.
Mulvey, Laura 2009. Visual and Other Pleasures. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Turkle, Sherry 2012. Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other. New York: Basic Books.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Caroline Bamford
Tel: (0131 6)50 4322
Course secretaryMrs Anthea Coleman-Chan
Tel: (0131 6)51 1589
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