FOLK 639 401 Issues in Cultural Studies
Lecture: Monday 1:00-3:00
Cross-listed with COMM 639
This course tracks the different theoretical appropriations of
"culture" and examines how the meanings we attach to
it depend on the perspectives through which we define it. The
course first addresses perspectives on culture suggested by anthropology,
sociology, communication, and aesthetics, and then considers the
tensions across academic disciplines that have produced what is
commonly known as "cultural studies." The course is
predicated on the importance of becoming cultural critics versed
in alternative ways of naming cultural problems, issues, and texts.
The course aims not to lend closure to competing notions of culture
but to illustrate the diversity suggested by different approaches.
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