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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Critical and Cultural Theory

Programme code:MA-AH/CCTUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Barbara Engh Contact address:b.engh@leeds.ac.uk

There is a part-time variant of this programme available (programme code MA-AH/CUL-PT). Please contact Dr Engh for further information.

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

2:1 or above in first degree or equivalent

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies

Programme specification:

The programme will give students a grounding in a philosophical and theoretical approach to cultural studies, and it will engage them in an in depth study of major paradigms of cultural analysis, which focus on the themes of commodification, language, and subjectivity.

By the end of the course students will have encountered, and engaged in, an analysis of the historical formations of contemporary culture and the idea of cultural studies itself as a reflexive critical response to modernity in its long history.

Key issues of modernity and postmodernity, the postcolonial, subjectivity and sexuality, as well as the innovative study of both visual and acoustical culture, music, voice, cinema and popular cultures are integrated into both theoretical and substantive studies, with a broad view of the cultural objects relevant to such analyses.


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[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

ARTF5020MCultural Theory30 creditsSemester 1
ARTF5101MAdvanced Research Skills 15 creditsSemester 1
ARTF5102MAdvanced Research Skills 25 creditsSemester 2
ARTF5110MCultural History30 creditsSemester 2
ARTF5910MCultural Studies: Dissertation50 credits1 Jan to 30 Sep

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 30-60 credits from the approved MA array of optional modules offered by the School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies listed below:

ARTF5001MDerrida and Deconstruction30 creditsSemester 1
ARTF5003MReading Sexual Difference30 creditsSemester 2
ARTF5009MMaking Sense of Sound30 creditsNot running in 201920
ARTF5011MJewish Museums and the Display of Cultural Difference30 creditsSemester 2
ARTF5031MUnfinished Business: Trauma, Cultural Memory and the Holocaust30 creditsSemester 2
ARTF5032MMovies, Migrants and Diasporas30 creditsSemester 2
ARTF5052MAdventures in the Archive30 creditsSemester 2
ARTF5059MCritical Approaches to Photography30 creditsNot running in 201920
ARTF5063MPostcolonial Feminisms30 creditsSemester 1
ARTF5071MEncountering Things: Art and Entanglement in Anglo-Saxon England30 creditsSemester 2
ARTF5073MThe Origins of Postcolonial England30 creditsSemester 1
ARTF5189MProcuring Representation: Contemporary Art, East Asia, Gender30 creditsSemester 2
ARTF5191MAnthropology, Art and Representation30 creditsSemester 2
ARTF5265MIndividual Directed Study30 creditsSemester 2, Semester 1
EDUC5039MCreative Inquiry, Communication and Learning30 creditsSemester 2

Candidates may study 30 elective credits, subject to approval of their Programme Director.

Last updated: 30/09/2019

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