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Queen's University

Core Course Descriptions

CUST 800*: Cultural Studies Theory

Department: Cultural Studies Term Available: Fall 2013 Instructors: Asha Varadharajan
(Wednesdays, 11:30-2:30, BIOSCI Room 1120  

This course introduces students to the major theoretical schools that underpin and are elaborated by research in Cultural Studies, including: Marxism, feminism, postcolonial theory, critical race theory, structuralism, poststructuralism, psychoanalysis, and queer theory. As part of our engagement with these theories, we will explore key concepts in the field: "culture," "hegemony," "ideology," "articulation," "discourse," "imperialism," "globalization," "cosmopolitanism," "identity," "subjectivity," "the unconscious," "the state," "orientalism," and so on. Since there is no body of theory that defines Cultural Studies neatly or completely, readings, discussions, and assignments will focus on tracing the tangled and contested theoretical history and current state of the field.

CUST 801*: Critical Methodologies in Cultural Studies

Department: Cultural Studies Term Available: Fall 2013 Instructors: Laura Murray
(Thursdays, 11:30-2:30, Mackintosh-Corry Hall Room D209) 

  The field of Cultural Studies is characterized by a refusal to endorse a singular method or to conceive of and apply methodological tools as rigid, formal templates. Thus, rather than offering a "how to" guide to Cultural Studies, this course explores the approach of scholars in the field to questions of method, the conceptualization of the relationship of method to theory, and the ways that different methods have been taken up and deployed by scholars in the field. The specific methodological approaches examined may include: archival research, ethnography, oral/written histories, audience research, textual/discourse analysis, and genealogy.

CUST 803*: Cultural Studies Historiography 

Department: Cultural Studies Term Available: Winter 2014 Instructors: Alexandre Da Costa
(Wednesdays, 11:30-2:30, Mackintosh-Corry Hall Room E230 )

This course introduces students to key texts that have shaped the field of Cultural Studies. Interrogation of the field through its literature also involves consideration of the international migration of Cultural Studies, as well its points of containment and limitations; its engagement with text and evidence from a wide variety sources, and thus its relationship to both disciplinary and interdisciplinarity study; and its identification of concepts central to the field, chief among them culture itself. For this reason, the course also sets out to read the literature of Cultural Studies against other literatures in relation to which it defines itself, including that devoted to post colonial studies and interdisciplinarity.

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