Modern Culture - SO334

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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4 15 (7.5) DR D Nettleingham




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This module introduces students to discussions and debates surrounding modern culture. It looks at why culture has always been such a contested sphere and has a decisive impact on society at large. Students will look at culture in the widest sense, ranging from ‘the arts’ to the banalities of everyday life in our consumer society; at how culture has expressed and organised the way people think and live from the days of 'protestantism' to those of post-punk. Books, magazines, radio, TV, movies, cartoons, fashion, graffiti, the cult of celebrity, youth subcultures and pop music will be used to understand class, history, sexuality, colonialism, revolution, conflict and globalisation.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

22 hours (11 lectures and 11 seminars)

Method of assessment

30% Critical Reflection on a Cultural Text (1000 words) , 50% Essay (1500 words), 20% Class Participation

Indicative reading

• Barker, C. (2000) Cultural Studies: Theory and Practice. Sage.
• Durham, M.G. & Kellner, D (2001) Media and Cultural Studies: Key Works. Blackwell.
• Longhurst, B. et al (2017 newer edition) Introducing Cultural Studies. Prentice-Hall.
• McGuigan, J. 2010 Cultural Analysis. Sage.
• Mikula, M. (2008) Key Concepts in Cultural Studies. Palgrave.
• Pickering, M (ed.) (2008) Research Methods for Cultural Studies. Edinburgh University Press.
• Turner, G. (1997) British Cultural Studies: An Introduction. Routledge.
• Storey, J. (2018) Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction. Routledge.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module students will be able to:
Evaluate the historical, political, and philosophical importance of how the idea of culture is positioned.
Implement key analytical approaches to the study of mediated modern culture.
Understand Cultural Studies as an inter-disciplinary body of work.
Understand culture is both product and process and gives rise to social and political ‘forms of life'.

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