Theory of Culture

Objectives

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

Code

722160003

Credits

10.0

Responsible teacher

Fernando José de Almeida Esperança Clara

Hours

Weekly - 3

Total - 280

Teaching language

Portuguese

Prerequisites

Available soon

Bibliography

Adorno, T. W. (1991). The Culture Industry: Selected Essays on Mass Culture.
(J. M. Bernstein, Ed.). London; New York: Routledge.
Ashcroft, B., Griffiths, G., and 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

Continuous assessment based on the classroom discussion of texts.

Evaluation method

Final written essay (5000 words)(70%), One individual oral presentation of a book, essay, author or topic(30%)

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.