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Critical and Cultural Studies of Mass Communication: Course Outline

This course is Intensive readings focusing on the critical studies and /or cultural studies traditions in mass communication theory and research.

Course Contents

Introduction to cultural studies

  • The Ruling Class and the Ruling Ideas
  • History of the Subaltern Classes; The Concept of “Ideology”; Cultural Themes: Ideological Material
  • The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception
  • The Public Sphere
  • Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses (Notes Towards an Investigation)

Social Life and Cultural Studies

  • The Medium is the Message
  • Base and Superstructure in Marxist Cultural Theory
  • From Culture to Hegemony; Subculture: The Unnatural Break
  • Encoding/Decoding
  • Politics of Empirical Audience Research

Political Economy of Mass-Communication

  • Propaganda Models
  • Gendering the Commodity Audience: Critical Media Research, Feminism, and Political Economy

The Politics of Representation: Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema

  • Stereotyping
  • Hybrid Cultures, Oblique Powers

The Postmodern Turn and New Media

  • Post modernism, or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism
  • Feminism, Post modernism and the “Real Me”
  • Postmodern Virtually

Internationalization and Social Movements

  • Disjunctive and Difference in the International Cultural Economy
  • International and the Local in International Communications
  • Oppositional Politics and the Internet: A Critical/Reconstructive

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