180.564 (19S) Cultural Studies: Terms, Legacies & Currents

Sommersemester 2019

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21.03.2019 12:00 - 17:00 , N.2.01
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LV-Titel englisch
Cultural Studies: Terms, Legacies & Currents
Seminar (prüfungsimmanente LV )
19 (30 max.)


Intendierte Lernergebnisse

Learning Outcomes

The course is designed as an entryway to the academic field of Cultural Studies, for both local and international students in media and communication studies, as well as other areas of social sciences and humanities. The following learning outcomes are to fulfil this purpose:

  • Students will become familiar with the established terminology of Cultural Studies, (i.e., culture (high - popular); power& agency; identity & subjectivity; Marxism & ideology; hegemony & resistance; gender, race, post-colonialism) as well as the ‘hottest trends’ in thinking about culture, media and society (new materialism, media archeology, machinology, etc.). There will be a specific focus on the British Cultural Studies (the Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies) tradition and its intellectual legacy in contemporary thinking about culture and society in the international context.
  • Students will learn how to situate Cultural Studies within disciplinary and historical context of social sciences and humanities in the 20th and early 21st centuries.
  • Students will examine interdisciplinary critical perspectives and learn how to articulate the diverse and sometimes contested meanings of cultural objects and processes.
  • Students will explore strategies of linking knowledge of cultural processes to everyday life practices, while acquiring basic understanding of research methods in the field and their application in the analyses of their own national cultural history and currents.


Course Description

This course is designed to introduce students to the analytical terms and research methods, as well as interpretive strategies employed in contemporary media and cultural studies in order to support their capacity to analyse and conceptualize critically the transformation in contemporary globalized cultural environment. Among the questions addressed are the following ones: Can a process of contesting a society’s media representations produce significant social change? How does the central project of British Cultural Studies relate to orthodox Marxist scepticism? Moreover, what is the methodological legacy of British cultural studies in the process of studying and researching democratization and commercialization of culture in former socialist countries of East and Central Europe after the end of the Cold War? There is a special focus on interdisciplinary approaches which allow examining the ways in which cultural processes are produced, distributed, consumed, and responded to. Students are to investigate varied dimensions of cultural production and reception; learn to comprehend them in their broader social, aesthetic, ethical, and political contexts.

Drawing on her 16 years of pedagogic and research experience at British Universities (University of Durham and Lincoln) the Dr. Šmejkalová will introduce the ideas of key scholars who have shaped the development of the field, including Stuart Hall, Raymond Williams, Richard Hoggart, Ann Gray, Paul Gilroy, Ien Ang, John Fiske; key figures upon whom CS has drawn (Karl Marx, Theodore Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Pierre Bourdieu, Antonio Gramsci); and those who – more or less independently - advanced some of its key impulses and challenges (Judith Butler, Edward Said, Robert Darnton).

The course is suitable for both, international/Erasmus students as well as the domestic ones who need to master the appropriate conceptual frameworks and linguistic competence that would facilitate their study in international academic context.




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Bren, P. (2010). The Greengrocer and his TV. The Culture of Communism after the 1968 Prague Spring. Ithaka and London: Cornell University Press.

Burns, R. ed. (1995) German Cultural Studies: An Introduction. Oxford University Press.

Clifford, J, (1992) „Traveling Cultures“; in Lawrence Grossberg, Cary Nelson, Paula A. Treichler (edd.): Cultural Studies. New York/London: Routledge. Pp. 96–112

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Gray, A., (2003) Research Practice for Cultural Studies: Ethnographic Methods and Lived Cultures. London: Sage.

Grossberg, L., Nelson, C., Treichler, P. eds.(1992). Cultural Studies. New York: Routledge.

Hall, Stuart. (1980) "Cultural Studies: Two Paradigms." Media, Culture, and Society. Sage. 2 (1): 57–72.

Hall, Stuart (1980). "Encoding / Decoding." In: Hall, D. Hobson, A. Lowe, and P. Willis (eds). Culture, Media, Language: Working Papers in Cultural Studies, 1972–79. London: Hutchinson, pp. 128–138.

Hoggart, R. (1992 [1957]) The Uses of Literacy. London: Penguin.

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Šmejkalová, J. (2010) Cold War Books in the ‘Other’ Europe and What Came After. Leiden, Boston, Brill.

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Course Requirements

Participation in class discussion will constitute 30% of your final grade.

Group presentation (15 – 20 mins) which will address a selected topic of the course content will constitute further 30% of the final grade. Format and content of the presentation will be discussed during the first meeting of the course.

Final essay of 10 pages (doubled-spaced, typed, 12-point font) on a selected topic is worth 40% of your grade. The list of topics, and formal characteristics of the essay will be discussed during the first meeting of the course. The essay must be submitted by email to jirina.smejkalova@gmail.com.

There will be no midterm or final exam.

References to reading materials and all relevant audio-visual materials will be provided during the course.

The grading scale:

100 - 90 %

A (1)

89 - 80 %

B (2)

79 - 60 %

C (3)

59 - 0 %

F (4)


Note/Grade Benotungsschema

Position im Curriculum

  • Masterstudium Medien, Kommunikation und Kultur (SKZ: 841, Version: 09W.1)
    • Fach: Cultural Studies und Medien (Wahlfach)
      • Seminar ( 2.0h SE / 6.0 ECTS)
        • 180.564 Cultural Studies: Terms, Legacies & Currents (2.0h SE / 6.0 ECTS)
  • Masterstudium Visuelle Kultur (SKZ: 655, Version: 18W.1)
    • Fach: Cultural Studies und Visuelle Medien (Wahlfach)
      • 12 Cultural Studies und Visuelle Medien ( 0.0h VO, SE, PM, VC, PS, KS, UE / 12.0 ECTS)
        • 180.564 Cultural Studies: Terms, Legacies & Currents (2.0h SE / 6.0 ECTS)

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