Culture Theory - 1st semester


a) To acquire a global understanding of the evolution of cultural theory in western academic contexts since the eighteenth century;
b) To develop an in depth knowledge of the main typologies of the concept of ‘culture’;
c) To understand the importance of cultural interference, cultural transfer and cultural polyphony in the era of globalization;
d) To develop the critical skills necessary to reflect on the proposed topics;
e) To develop the competence required to develop an autonomous research in the field of Cultural Studies.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Fernando Clara


Weekly - 3 letivas + 1 tutorial

Total - Available soon

Teaching language





Adorno, T. W. (1991). The Culture Industry: Selected Essays on Mass Culture. (J. M. Bernstein, Ed.). London; New York: Routledge.
Ashcroft, B., Griffiths, G., & Tiffin, H. (2002). The Empire Writes Back: Theory and Practice in Post-Colonial Literatures (2nd edition). London; New York: Routledge.
During, S. (1999). The Cultural Studies Reader. London; New York: Routledge.
Fiske, J. (1989). Reading the Popular. London; New York: Routledge.
Wallerstein, I. M. (2006). European Universalism: The Rhetoric of Power. New York: New Press.

Teaching method

Exposition and questioning of theoretical concepts; analysis and discussion of themes and texts; tutorial supervision of thematic and bibliographical research assignments.

Evaluation method

Continuous assessment based on the classroom discussion of texts. One individual oral presentation of a book, essay, author or topic (30%). Final written essay (5000 words) (70%).

Subject matter

1. Typologies of the concept of ´culture´ in contemporary western academic contexts.
2. Towards a genealogy of the concept of ´culture´ since the late eighteenth century.
3. The late twentieth century ´cultural turn´ and its consequences for the Humanities.