CULTURAL THEORY AND ANALYSIS

Course Information
TitleΘΕΩΡΙΑ ΚΑΙ ΑΝΑΛΥΣΗ ΠΟΛΙΤΙΣΜΟΥ / CULTURAL THEORY AND ANALYSIS
CodeΕΛΠ 1-512
Interdepartmental ProgrammeMA in European Literature
Collaborating SchoolsEnglish Language and Literature
Philology
French Language and Literature
Italian Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CommonNo
StatusActive
Course ID600004324

Programme of Study: MA in European Literature

Registered students: 21
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory CourseWinter-15

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodWinter
Instructors from Other Categories
Class ID
600067219
Mode of Delivery
  • Distance learning
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Prerequisites
General Prerequisites
The content of the course changes almost every year--different theorists and topics are selected and different themes are explored. The changes are incorporated in the Course Outline that is distributed to students in the beginning of the semester and is posted on the course's e-learning (Moodle) class. The purpose and aims of the course (as described below) remain the same. The participation of students in class discussions constitutes an important aspect of the course.
Learning Outcomes
-Students will be familiarized with the basic concepts of cultural studies such as ideology, agency, identity, and representation. They will also be able to identify key theorists, theories and debates in the field of cultural studies. -Students will engage critically with key cultural issues. -Students will learn to analyze culture through written assignments.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course introduces students to key concepts, critical approaches, theoretical frameworks and interpretative methodologies in the field of cultural studies. Through an interdisciplinary approach that will draw on ideas coming from varied fields such as the Birmingham school, feminism, post-Marxism, postmodernism, and others, we will address questions concerning, among others, definitions of culture, the relation between cultural hegemony and youth subcultures, issues related to how mass culture affects identity formation, and the role of digital media cultures as either social resistance or forms of biopolitics. Theory will be grounded through diverse examples coming from music, art production and consumption, films, youth trends, fashion, etc. Some of the theorists that will be discussed include: Raymond Williams, Terry Eagleton, Stuart Hall, Hebdige Dick, Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, Storey John, Benedict Anderson, During Simon, etc.
Keywords
Culture, Ideology, Pop Culture, Mass Culture, Cultural Studies
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Student Assessment
Description
Student performance is evaluated on the basis of written exams and papers which include: (1) two take-home research papers on specific questions (15%+25%) and (2) a comprehensive, essay-type exam on complex questions at the end of the semester (60%). The criteria of evaluation include the following: -Correct (idiomatic) use of language -Organization of thought -Understanding of the basic ideas explored in the course -Critical thought and synthetic ability -Originality -Maturity and sophistication of thought -Comprehensive coverage of the course material -Effectiveness of communication with an audience (esp. on oral presentation) The above criteria and means of assessment are explained to students at the beginning of the semester and are also posted on the course's e-learning site.
Bibliography
Additional bibliography for study
Anderson, Benedict , 2006, From Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism, London: Verso Adormo T., Horheimer M., L. Lowenthal, H. Marcuse, 1984 , Τέχνη και Μαζική Κουλτούρα (μτφ Σαρικάς Ζ.), Αθήνα: Ύψιλον Αστρινάκης Α.Ε., 1991, Νεανικές Υποκουλτούρες: Παρεκκλίνουσες Υποκουλτούρες της Νεολαίας της Εργατικής Τάξης. Η Βρετανική Θεώρηση και η Ελληνική Εμπειρία, Αθήνα: Παπαζήση Barker, Chris, 2002, “Identity, Equality and Difference: The Politics of Gender” in Making Sense of Cultural Studies: Central Problems and Critical Debates, London: Sage de Certeau, Michel, 1988, “Making Do” in The Practice of Everyday Life. Berkley: University of California Press Deleuze, Gilles, 2001, Η Κοινωνία του Ελέγχου, (μτφ. & επιμ. Π. Καλαμαρά), Αθήνα: Ελευθεριακή Κουλτούρα. Eagleton Τ., 2003, Η Έννοια της Κουλτούρας (μτφ. Μαγκλίνης Η.), Αθήνα, Πόλις Hall, Stuart, 1993, “Cultural Studies and its Theoretical Legacies” in During, Simon (ed), The Cultural Studies Reader. London: Routledge. Hardt, Michael & Negri Antonio, 2000, “Biopolitical Production” in Empire, Cambridge: Harvard UP Hebdige, Dick, 2002,
Subculture: The Meaning of Style. London: Routledge Lefebvre, Henri, 1991, From The Production of Space, Cambridge: Blackwell Williams, Raymond , 1965, “The Analysis of Culture” in The Long Revolution. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books
Last Update
23-03-2017