This course will introduce students to some of the key concepts employed in cultural studies. We will discuss how cultural texts and cultural processes are produced and consumed. Focusing on such issues as power, hegemony, and globalization as well as such theories as structuralism and poststructuralism, among others, we will trace how the field of cultural studies has evolved as a discipline as well as outline the key approaches and issues that constitute cultural studies. What is “meaning”? What is the difference between “high culture” and “low culture”? How have “new media” transformed our world? These are some of the questions that the course will address. In the course, we will closely examine various cultural texts, from memes to music videos and beyond.
- Trainer/in: Salzer Ranthild