Introduction to Cultural Studies - 2nd semester


a) To acquire a basic knowledge of Culture Studies in a synchronic and diachronic perspective.
b) To develop skills in analysing and interpreting different definitions of culture.
c) To identify and discuss different cultural practices and critical discourses related to the concept of culture.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Iolanda de Freitas Ramos, João Paulo Pereira da Silva


Weekly - 4

Total - Available soon

Teaching language



not applicable


Ryan, M. (2010). Cultural studies: a practical introduction. Chichester, U.K.; Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
Schwanitz, Dietrich (2009). Cultura: Tudo o que é preciso saber. Trad. Lumir Nahodil. Alfragide, Livros d´Hoje.
Edgar, A., & Sedgwick, P. R. (2008). Cultural Theory: the Key Concepts. London: Routledge.
Hartley, J. (2003). A Short History of Cultural Studies. London; Thousand Oaks, Calif: SAGE.
Chartier, R. (2002). A história cultural entre práticas e representações. (M. M. Galhardo, Trans.). Lisboa: DIFEL.

Teaching method

Exposition of theoretical concepts and active methodology in class with the analysis and discussion of texts previously selected.
In class teaching.

Evaluation method

Discussion of texts in class and oral presentation of a short research task (40%); written test (60%)

Subject matter

1. Definitions: Culture vs. Civilization vs. Nature
2. The History of Culture and Cultural Studies
3. Topics: Media, Identity, Space, Power, Popular, Visual, Gender, Postcolonial