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Courses :: CULS C601 Topic: Introduction to Cultural Studies

Joint listed with  C626  Studies in Contemporary Communication
(Topic: Introduction to Cultural Studies)

Tuesday 4-6:30 in C2 272
No scheduled weekly class screening

Instructor: Joan Hawkins
Currently on family  leave

Description: This course introduces you to Cultural Studies, a diverse intellectual formation committed broadly to producing theoretically informed and politically engaged scholarship.  Rather than trying to settle once and for all what Cultural Studies is, this course will draw upon a combination of foundational and contemporary texts to explore what Cultural Studies does, and to analyze the kind of intellectual work it enables.

Required work will include: active class participation, at least one oral presentation, a short paper, a final project, attendance at several special screenings at the IU Cinema, and attendance at the IU Cultural Studies conference (free).  There will also be an optional class dinner at a local Indian Restaurant.

Readings will include:
Ziauddin Sardar and Borin Van Loon, Introducing Cultural Studies ( a
            graphic book)
Eliot Borenstein, Overkill: Sex and Violence in Contemporary Russian
            Popular Culture
Sarah Thornton, Club Cultures
Bernard Gendron, Between Montmartre and the Mudd Club
Terry Eagleton, Why Marx was Right
The Invisible Committee, The Coming Insurrection (Semiotext(e)
            Intervention Series 1)
Elaine Scarry, The Body in Pain
Selection of essays