The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
What do we mean by culture and why are its many forms so hotly contested today? Why is it so important to our sense of identity and belonging? How are the culture wars of today, surrounding such things as free speech, drugs, food, censorship, secrecy, piracy and youth culture related to uses of old and new media and the rise of global capitalism? Do you think it matters how tradition and heritage are represented in the mass media or in museums? Do you think popular culture is much more than a form of entertainment Do you ever think that the culture and lifestyle which means a lot to you is not taken seriously? It is often said that the world is changing more rapidly than at any other time in history, and the study of cultural transformation is key to achieving the ‘joined-up thinking' society needs in the 21st century.
Cultural Studies at Kent is a lively, innovative subject with distinctive perspectives on all forms of present day culture. We explore significant connections between popular culture, the arts and everyday life by crossing traditional social sciences/humanities boundaries. There are several opportunities for combined honours degrees with related subjects, including European languages, giving the opportunity of a year abroad.
The School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research is ranked highly in national surveys. We recently received the highest rating in the Government evaluation of university research. You are taught by leading academics in the field.
Did you know?
Kent's Gulbenkian Arts Centre is a major regional arts cinema and also hosts top comedy acts and leading theatre productions as well as staging student shows.
See individual programmes for entry requirements and other information
Single honours degrees
Joint honours degrees
- Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies - BA (Hons) - (QV29)
- Criminology and Cultural Studies - BA (Hons) - (MV99)
- Cultural Studies and History and Philosophy of Art - BA (Hons) - (VV93)
- Philosophy and Cultural Studies - BA (Hons) - (VV59)
- Cultural Studies and Social Anthropology - BA (Hons) - (LV69)
- Cultural Studies (Combined Languages) - BA (Hons) - (R9V9)
- Cultural Studies (German) - BA (Hons) - (R2V9)
- Cultural Studies (Hispanic Studies) - BA (Hons) - (R4V9)
- Cultural Studies (Italian) - BA (Hons) - (R3V9)
- Cultural Studies and Film - BA (Hons) - (VW96)
Stage 1Core modules
- Contemporary Culture
- Modern Culture
- Thinking Sociologically
If you are taking joint honours, you do at least one required module from your joint honours subject.Options
Two further modules from a wide range of choices drawn from the list offered by the Faculties of Social Sciences and Humanities.
Stage 2/3Core modules
- Cultures of Embodiment
- Cultures of Secrecy
- Digital Cultures
- Popular Culture, Media and Society
Joint honours students take half of their modules from their joint honours subject.Options
There is a wide range of options to choose from, partly determined by the degree you register for.
The list below represents just a few of them:
- The Body in Photography
- Cinema and Society: Britain at War 1939-45
- Crime, Media and Culture
- Dissertation in Cultural Studies
- Drugs, Culture and Control
- Fiction and Power 1917-89
- The Photograph
- Religion and Film
- Science Fiction.
Please note: the optional modules forming part of the programme may differ from year to year.
If you are taking a European language, as part of a joint degree, you spend a year between Stages 2 and 3 studying at a university in the country of your chosen language.
Teaching and assessment
You normally have four hours of lectures and four hours of seminars per week; you can always consult the lecturers for individual advice outside of formal teaching. Additionally, a wide range of study skills sessions are available to all students throughout each year of study.
Coursework is continuously assessed at Stage 1, and this is combined with the results of exams, in most modules. At Stage 2/3, modules are assessed by a combination of essays (50%) and exams (50%). All single honours students and some joint honours students also have the opportunity to do a final-year dissertation on a chosen subject, which counts as one module (and does not involve an exam).
Passing the Kent IFP with an overall average of 60%, including passing all components, guarantees you entry onto the first year of this degree programme.
ABB at A level, IB Diploma 33 points or IB Diploma with 16 points at Higher.
The Department is committed to widening participation and has a successful tradition of admitting mature students. We welcome applications from students on accredited Access courses.
Required subjects: None. Preferred A/AS levels for all programmes include one or more of the following: Sociology, English, Media Studies, Philosophy, History, Geography, Politics, Film Studies, combined with any others. For Cultural Studies and German (RV29) a B or above in A level German or a modern European language other than English is required.
Cultural Studies provides a useful background for a wide range of careers. The skills you acquire, such as improved communication skills, the ability to work as part of a team and independently, the ability to analyse complex ideas and the confidence to offer your own innovative solutions, are all considered essential attributes by graduate employers. The programmes are especially good preparation for professional or postgraduate training in the media and cultural industries.
Our graduates take up careers in advertising and design, journalism, broadcasting, teaching, arts administration, publishing, public relations, research, information services, leisure industry management, tourism and heritage, personnel, local government, and the organisation of social and community projects.
For more information on the services Kent provides to improve your employment prospects, visit www.kent.ac.uk/employability
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