This interdisciplinary course offers you the rare opportunity to study contemporary critical and cultural debates across a wide range of fields. Exploring a variety of different visual, textual and spatial forms of culture, and their diverse theorisations, the course will particularly appeal to those with wide-ranging interests in the arts and humanities, as well as those interested in cutting-edge theoretical debates.
Modules are taught by expert staff from a number of different disciplines, giving you the chance to follow particular themes in the areas that most interest you. Recent work by staff in Cultural and Critical Studies includes books and articles on new media, urban theory, gender, contemporary art and aesthetics, Victorian criminality, China, visual culture, architecture, post-colonialism and critical theory.
The course consists of two main core modules, Capitalism and Culture, and Problems and Perspectives in Cultural Studies. These establish a framework for the close analysis of the locations, products and systems of culture. The dissertation of 10-12,000 words, which can be written on an appropriate topic of your choice, and the Research Methods module are also core modules. There is also an optional work placement module.
You are encouraged to attend the research seminars in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, at which visiting speakers, creative practitioners and teaching staff present their current work.
The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.
Core modules -CAPITALISM AND CULTURE -DISSERTATION -PROBLEMS AND PERSPECTIVES IN CULTURAL STUDIES
Option modules - Choose four from: -ENGAGING THE ARCHIVE -INTERPRETING SPACE -READING CONTEMPORARY CULTURE -REPRESENTING WORLD CULTURES -TRAUMA IN AMERICAN MODERNITY: THE NATION AND ITS LIMITS -URBAN CULTURES -WORK PLACEMENT IN CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS
The course is intended to give you sophisticated critical skills and a widely applicable knowledge of contemporary culture. This enables further study at MPhil or PhD levels, but is also particularly relevant to a range of professions in the media, creative and cultural industries.