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CULTS1 Introduction: What Is This Thing Called Culture 5 ECTS
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Language of instruction
Type or level of studies
Advanced studies
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Master's Degree Programme in Cultural Studies
School of Communication, Media and Theatre

Learning outcomes

Students will know the historical development of cultural studies, its key concepts and discussions. They understand the different ways in which culture is understood, mobilized and analyzed in contemporary socio-cultural realities. The course also invites students to consider the implications of crucial theoretical debates and encourages students to critically discuss the key terms, concepts, ideas, and approaches in cultural studies.

General description

The course includes an introductory lecture series ( 2 ECTS) followed by group discussion and exercises (1 ECTS) + literature and a written study diary (2 ECTS).

Lectures will be held on Mondays at 12-14 with guest lecturers and at 14-15 is the group discussion.

One lecture is 2x 45 minutes long. After a 30 minutes pause the group meeting will take 45 minutes.


29.8. Mikko Lehtonen: What is this thing called culture?

5.9. Mikko Lehtonen: Cultural Studies.

12.9. Hanna Suutela:  The Archive and the Repertoire. Aspects of understanding culture.

19.9. Hanna Suutela: From theatre and performance to the theatrical and the performative.

26.9. Mahmut Mutman: Edward Said and Orientalism

3.10. Meri Kytö: Sound and culture: listening as knowing, doing and being

10.10. Hanna Suutela/Riku Roihankorpi: Performance and ethics

Enrolment for University Studies

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Hanna Suutela, Teacher responsible


29-Aug-2016 – 17-Oct-2016
Mon 29-Aug-2016 - 17-Oct-2016 weekly at 12-15, PÄÄT ls. C8

Study materials

Literature (A selection of chapters or articles will be provided by the professor)

Chris Barker: Cultural Studies. Theory and Practice 2005

Diana Taylor: The Archive and the Repertoire 2003

Catherine Bell: Ritual theory, ritual practice 1992

Johanna Sumiala: Ritual and media. Death, community and everyday life 2013

Further information

Maximum 50 students is accepted in the following order:

1. degree students of the MDP in Cultural Studies

2. other degree students of UTA

3. exchange students