This programme brings cultural studies into today's global age, offering both an integral grounding in critical thought and an active engagement with media, technology, aesthetics, and geopolitics in their contemporary and historical forms - http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-cultural-studies/
The MA in Cultural Studies is the flagship programme of Goldsmiths’ Centre for Cultural Studies, and is one of the leading programmes in the field today.
It specialises in advanced cultural and critical theoretical exploration of culture as developed up to the present day in the UK, Europe, North America, and Asia.
An intensive study in critical and cultural theory
The Masters provides an intensive study in cultural and critical theory and in substantive cultural studies. Specialising in advanced theoretical inquiry, our course of study will give you a groundwork in cultural analysis that allows you, as it has countless graduates of the programme, to pursue further research in the field as well as a variety of cultural work in the world at large.
Unique in its international focus, the programme offers you essential grounding in the various methods and approaches associated with the theoretical and practical exploration of culture in its contemporary and historical iterations.
You will have the opportunity to shape your programme of study in accordance with your own interests and select from a wide range of modules taught by internationally recognised research staff with expertise in Continental philosophy and aesthetics, comparative literature, media technologies, digital culture, art, and global geo-politics.
Innovative and interdisciplinary
Your experience on the MA will be driven by the Centre’s commitment to innovative and interdisciplinary methods, practice-led research, and meaningful engagement with culture and politics.
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Lisa Rabanal.
Modules & Structure
You will take two core modules together with a selection of individual modules, and complete a Masters dissertation. The first core course covers the breadth of advanced contemporary theory. It enables you to study the most advanced theorists of and questions surrounding the ‘new’ cultural theory represented by such figures as Foucault, Deleuze, Negri, Badiou, and Agamben.
The second core course extends this groundwork by familiarising you with the genealogy of critical theory and its basis in the history of philosophy and aesthetics. Key positions in contemporary critical discourse on art, society, politics and culture are discussed with reference to the conditions of their formulation and in context of their provenance in the history of critical thought from Kant, Hegel and Marx to Freud, Husserl, Benjamin, and Irigaray.
Alongside the core courses, you select from a range of specialist options that introduce a material focus to the theory covered – for instance, in digital and genetic media, in urban space, in the creative industries, in art and in textual, visual and audial cultures.
In addition, a team-taught seminar introduces you to the methods of cultural analysis and specialist expertise represented by the Centre's research faculty, preparing you for individual research.
After the completion of coursework, the dissertation is undertaken over the summer term, allowing you to explore your own interests in cultural analysis, and providing a solid groundwork for further study or engagement in cultural work at large.
Around half of students completing this programme progress to PhD level, and others go into practical work – in the creative industries and in NGOs in a great number of countries.
High-level knowledge of cultural research; transferable skills within social and critical theory, aesthetics and performance, communication and multimedia; ethnography skills; critical appreciation of current debates in the media, the culture industries and the wider contemporary cultural environment.
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You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at upper least second class standard in a relevant/related subject. You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level. IELTS 7.0 (including 7.0 in the written test).