Culture and Media Theory

Course Code :1101PSWCMT
Study domain:Communication Studies
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:45
Credits:6
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Walter Weyns
Gert Verschraegen

3. Course contents *

This course surveys some major themes and issues in cultural sociology and aims to familiarize students with the most important approaches in cultural theory and media theory. The course is divided in five parts. A first part provides an overview of different traditions or approaches in cultural sociology (hermeneutics, cultural studies, critical theory, historical-sociological approach). The second part deals with the different dimensions of culture (e.g. language, cultural practices, rituals, cultural cognition and values). The third part discusses cultural analyses of media (e.g. television, digital culture) and the fourth part treats issues such as high vs low culture. The course ends with a long discussion of processes of cultural change.