This course will introduce students to key concepts in cultural studies. We will begin by briefly discussing some key texts and theories in cultural studies mainly by Williams, Hall, Marx, Gramsci and Althusser. We will move on to the establishment of cultural studies as a discipline with reference to the Frankfurt School and the Birmingham School. The rest of the course will chart the areas modern Cultural Studies are covering looking at topics such as (new) media, consumption cultures, post-modernism, gender studies, social networking, subcultures, etc.
Assessment: Final exam