Optional for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students of the PhD Programme in "Transnational Governance"
Optional for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students of the PhD Programme in "Political Science and Sociology"
Optional for the 4th and 5th year students of the MA Programme in "Political and Social Sciences"
This course offers students conceptual frameworks for thinking through a range of key issues and theories of the sociology of culture. Beginning from the Birmingham School of cultural studies, the seminar will consider a variety of approaches to the study of culture, including ideological and textual analysis, studies of working-class cultures and subcultures, feminist cultural research, postcolonial theory, and critical race theory. The course will also examine methodological questions and epistemological debates concerning the critique that cultural studies scholars advance to academic disciplines and scientific rationalism. Finally, the course will consider how interdisciplinary approaches to the analysis of culture have begun to converge (and, in some cases, collide) in contemporary frameworks such as intersectionality, which holds today a particular significance in the study of social movements, social inequality and discrimination.