This course introduces students to the study of culture and provides them with some of the theoretical foundations for later courses in cultural studies. The course is divided into two main sections. It starts with a brief outline of the origins of the field and its history and then progresses by giving students an accessible introduction to some of the core concepts used in cultural studies to analyse and describe social phenomena: globalisation, nation and national identity, class, multiculturalism, ethnicity and 'race', and sex and gender. Students will be shown how these theoretical concepts can be applied to investigate concrete cases. The applications should, among other things, illustrate the usefulness and versatility of the methodological approaches and analytical tools provided by cultural studies. Participants are encouraged to buy Hartley, John (2011). Communication, Cultural and Media Studies. The Key Concepts. London and New York: Routledge (ISBN 0-415-26889-3). This book can serve as a versatile source of information throughout your studies in English.
A Reader will be provided at the beginning of the course and can be bought at Printzentrum, Neuer Markt 3.