This Master's program in Cultural Studies offers theory-based, methodology-based, and applied course units. It is based on research activity and experience of the professional context.
The study program contains a single subject pathway entitled 'Cultural Studies,' which is geared towards research-oriented professions and draws primarily on the scientific output of the teaching staff and university lecturer-researchers who contribute to the program.
Required languages: English, Spanish, Italian or Portuguese.
The theory-based course unit on Cultural Studies (CS) retraces the genealogy of an incredibly unique scientific culture that seeks to destabilize the humanist conception of culture, favouring the notion of culture in its broader, anthropological sense instead. This unit enables students to understand the concepts behind the theories, from those put forward by the founding fathers at the Birmingham Centre – Richard Hoggart, Raymond Williams, Edward Thompson – to Stuart Hall's reception theory model Paul Gilroy's concepts of migration and cultural identity. Other inspirational figures' contributions must not be overlooked, such as the Italian Marxist theorist Antonio Gramsci. Nor can we ignore the influence of the French poststructuralist thinkers whose writings helped destabilize the 'Great American Novel' thanks to French deconstructionism and hermeneutics' influence. In the second semester, this class examines developments and turning points in Cultural Studies, their influence, and their reception in other scientific contexts - in the USA, Latin America, and Europe (Spain, Portugal, Italy). The class examines how other academic fields developed their specific characteristics by drawing on and appropriating these cultural theories, spreading quickly by the end of the twentieth century.
Students may choose applied seminar units from the bundle of classes available within the English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Literature, and the Arts. These seminar units will revolve around specific themes: postcolonial studies, art and memory; hyper-modernism; works, and audiences. They will be conducted in French except those seminar units taught by the English department.