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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Cultural Studies
Module Code CM102
School School of Communications
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Eileen Culloty
Semester 2: Eileen Culloty
Autumn: Eileen Culloty
Module TeachersEileen Culloty
John Moran
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module explores the key theoretical schools of thought in the study of culture. It encourages independent, critical analysis of cultural artifacts and practices, including students' own, taking into account the social, historical and political contexts in which they occur. The module compares and contrasts the diverse theoretical approaches to culture, facilitating a comprehensive overview of the main debates in this field.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify the major schools of thought that have been applied to the study of culture in a socio-historical context
2. Compare, contrast and establish connections between these traditions
3. Apply diverse theoretical frameworks to critically analyse contemporary cultural artefacts and practices
4. Explain the concept of subculture and conduct a small ethnographic study of a subcultural group or practice
5. Evaluate and defend the validity of certain theoretical frameworks over others using the relevant literature and original examples

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture22No Description
Independent Study217Library / Reading / Research
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

What is Culture?

Cultural Studies: Mapping the Field

Aesthetic Theories of Culture
The 'Culture and Civilization' tradition

Anthropological Approaches to Culture

The Frankfurt School and the Culture Industries


Feminist Theories of Culture

Cultural Identity, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism

Postmodernism and Cultural Theory

Guest lecture / project work

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Group project n/a40%
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Chris Barker: 2008, Cultural Studies: Theory and Practice, 3rd edition, Sage Publications Ltd.,
  • Gill Branston and Roy Stafford: 2010, The Media Student's Book, 5th edition, Routledge,
  • Andrew Millner and Geogg Browitt: 2002, Contemporary cultural theory: an introduction, 3rd edition, Routledge,
  • Dick Hebdige: 2005, The Meaning of Style, 2nd edition, Taylor and Francis,
  • David Muggleton: 2000, Inside subculture: the postmodern meaning of style, Berg Publishers,
  • Raiford Guins and Omayra Zaragoza Cruz: 2005, Popular culture: a reader, Sage,
  • Pierre Bourdieu: 1987, Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste, Harvard University Press,
  • Dominic Strinati: 2004, . An Introduction to Theories of Popular Culture, 2nd edition, Routledge,
  • Imelda Whelehan: 2000, Overloaded: Popular Culture and the Future of Feminism, The Women's Press Ltd.,
  • Edward Said: 2003, Orientalism: Western Conceptions of the Orient, 2nd edition, Penguin Classics,
  • Tracey Skelton and Gill Valentine: 1997, Cool Places: Geographies of Youth Cultures, Routledge,
  • Mike Featherstone: 2007, Consumer Culture and Postmodernism, 2nd edition, Sage,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
AFUAge Friendly University Programme
BSSAStudy Abroad (DCU Business School)
BSSAOStudy Abroad (DCU Business School)
CSBA in Communication Studies
HMSAStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
HMSAOStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
SHSAStudy Abroad (Science & Health)
SHSAOStudy Abroad (Science & Health)
Date of Last Revision25-JAN-11

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