To clarify some of the complexities that occupy the field of cultural studies, a critical reading of texts from different authors will be offered, which allow for a discussion of some of the questions central to the field and a vision of the world in terms of nationality and national identity, colonialism and postcolonisalism, race and ethnicity, popular culture, science and ecology, gender and sexuality, citizenship, and global history and culture in a postmodern era.
The competences to be developed in this course unit are the following: • The capacity for critical reflection on different concepts of culture; • The capacity for analyzing the cultural implications of texts from the fields of art, architecture, digital media, the mainstream press, television and cinema; • The capacity to relate a work of art to its cultural, social and political context; • The capacity to formulate a critical review and essay; • The capacity to relate information and specific problems to the themes studied.
1. Understanding the contemporary world. Definition of concepts. • The concept of culture • The evolution of the concept of culture 2. The objects of anthropology • Economics, environment, ecology • Anthropology of representation • The question of identity 3. Systems of thought • The symbolic system • The ideological system • The significance of context • Culture as historical product 4. Culture as world and market • Hypercapitalism or the global culture market • A hypertechnological culture • A new culture of the individual • A culture of hyperconsumption
Barker, Chris. Cultural Studies. Theory and Practice, 2 ed. London:Sage Publications, 2003 Colleyn, Jean-Paul. Elementos de Antropologia Social e Cultural. Lisboa: Edições 70, 2005 Eagleton, Terry. The Idea of Culture. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2000 Frow, John. Cultural Studies and Cultural Value. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995 Lipovetsky, Gilles, Jean Serroy. A Cultura-Mundo. Resposta a uma Sociedade Desorientada. Lisboa: Edições 70, 2008 Pires, Maria Laura Bettencourt. Teorias da Cultura. Lisboa: Universidade Católica Editora, 2004
Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 or 3 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a
presence-based final exam (p-folio) in the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one
final presence-based exam (100%).