introduction to cultural studies: 46-1100-01
college chicago, dr.
ann hetzel gunkel
course introduces students to the terms, analytical techniques,
and interpretive strategies commonly employed in Cultural Studies.
Emphasis is on interdisciplinary approaches to exploring how cultural
processes and artifacts are produced, shaped, distributed, consumed
and responded to in diverse ways. Through discussion, research and
writing, class members investigate these varied dimensions of culture;
learn to understand them in their broader social, aesthetic, ethical,
and political contexts; and thereby prepare for more advanced course
work in Cultural Studies.
studies will investigate how cultures are shaped, as well as the
diversity of human responses to culture. Do mass-marketed cultural
products help to produce ideologies? How powerful are cultural images
and practices and their accompanying narratives (the stories they
tell) in manufacturing public consensus about controversial political
will think about television, museums, pop stars, propaganda, racial
stereotypes, photography, movies and dolls. From barbie to beethoven
to punk, we will consider the variety of images and practices that
are the focuses of Cultural Studies.