To introduce students to the interdisciplinary and theoretical field of Cultural Studies from Britain and later from Australia, United States, Canada, and Europe. To read French and English theorists in their original language (Bourdieu, Foucault, de Certeau, Williams, Eagleton, Hebdige, Willis, Grossberg) and others in translation (Gramsci, Althusser, Freire). To offer practical experience in reading and comparing a variety of performances from cultural fields such as literature, film, music, journalism, street performance, body art, architecture, television and photography.
Since the field of Cultural Studies rejects the predominance of one methodological approach, we will explore a "toolkit of theory" to analyze cultural production and reception, rooted in various disciplines such as feminism, anthropology, Marxism, communications, discourse analysis, sociology, and cultural geography. Emphasis will be on intermedial comparisons and the role of ideology, hegemony, and resistance in cultural production and reception, whether in popular or high culture.