Lecture: International Cultural Studies

“Stories we tell ourselves about ourselves”

This quote by Clifford Geertz descibres the general theme of the english lecture for ICS, which revolves around imporant ideas, core concepts and theories that shape our culture as well as the way we act and think. In this weekly course, students will get to know some of the most influental ideas and philosophers of the last 250 years and discuss both the lives, theories and modern implications of figures such as Rousseau, Marx or Beauvoir.

Learning Objectives

  • Students know basic terms, theories, questions, problems and methods of cultural studies with an international focus in English.
  • Students can explain and discuss historical and social topics in cultural studies and describe their connections in an international context in English.
  • The students extract the content of the English-language lecture and the English-language specialist literature and systematically relate them to each other.
  • The students can apply the basic knowledge (concepts, theoretical approaches, etc.) they have acquired in cultural studies in the written exam (form of examination).

Contents of the lecture

  • Introduction to cultural studies with an international focus (approx. 1750-today)
  • Analysis of key terms and concepts (including ethnicity, gender, globalization, identity, ideologies, popular culture, post-colonialism), their meaning, and historical development within cultural studies
  • Getting to know influential thinkers, such as Rousseau, Marx, Beauvoir, or bell hooks
  • Overview of structural relationships within international cultural studies
  • Analysis of the subjects of cultural studies within social, ecological, economic, historical, and political structures and institutions
  • Practice in dealing with cultural studies, English texts as well as technical discussions in English
  • Familiarization with basic methods and theories of cultural studies