LCST

2120

Introduction to Cultural Studies

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Culture and Media

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Intro to Cultural Studies

Spring 2019

Taught By: Ken Wark

Section: A

CRN: 2236

Credits: 3

‘Culture’ is a complex term, whose meanings include: a tradition of revered works, an everyday identity, a whole way of life, a structure of feeling, or an ideal to defend or attain. Many conflicts turn on matters that are in one or more senses ‘cultural.’ Economic and political power and conflicts can also work through cultural struggles. This lecture course equips students with concepts that help us step outside of our own cultural bubble for a minute and perceive culture in a wider range of senses and in particular how it appears to others. We will look at contemporary struggles around race, culture, class, gender, sexualities through the prism of key texts and authors whose concepts address these questions. Students come away with an understanding of concepts and authors of use in all other CMS courses. [Tracks C & M]

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Culture and Media (LCST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Max Enrollment: 100

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:02am 12/12/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 10:15am - 11:30am

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/23/2019 - 5/13/2019

Intro to Cultural Studies

Fall 2018

Taught By: Kate Eichhorn

Section: A

CRN: 2624

Credits: 3

[Tracks C & M] This course examines the pivotal role of culture in the modern world, including the ideas, values, artifacts, and practices of people in their collective lives. Cultural Studies focuses on the importance of studying the material processes through which culture is constructed. It highlights process over product and rupture over continuity. In particular, it presents culture as a dynamic arena of social struggle and utopian possibility. Students read key thinkers and examine critical frameworks from a historical and a theoretical approach, such as Raymond Williams, Stuart Hall and the Birmingham School; the work on popular culture, identity politics, and postmodernism in America; and the emergence of a 'global cultural studies' in which transnational cultural flows are examined and assessed. Class sessions are set up as dialogic encounters between cultural theory and concrete analysis. [Tracks C & M]

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Culture and Media (LCST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Max Enrollment: 100

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:02am 12/12/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 10:15am - 11:30am

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 407

Date Range: 8/27/2018 - 12/12/2018