This course targets students and faculty of institutions offering undergraduate engineering programmes. It provides a general introduction to the field of Cultural Studies which has emerged as the most comprehensive and interdisciplinary field in the humanities and social sciences today. It incorporates both the views of culture as a way of life and as a contested site for human discourse and action. Knowledge of key concepts and approaches will equip students to understand and articulate themselves as cultural beings and not simply technologists. As an interdisciplinary course, it will be beneficial to students opting for several HSS courses offered by all engineering colleges and the IITs at the undergraduate level. Universities offering master degree programmes in Cultural Studies can use the content for an introductory course.
Culture Industries and Cultural Forms
Lecture Topics and Contents
No of Lectures
Cultural Studies: An Introduction
Understanding Cultural Studies
Evolution and Culture
The Modern Mind: Its Origins
Marxism (Part 1)
Marxism (Part 2)
Ideology (Part 1)
Ideology (Part 2)
Representation (Part 1)
Representation (Part 2)
Gender (Part 1)
Culture and Development
Ethnicity, Race and Nation
Consumption (Part 1)
Consumption (Part 2)
Culture Industries, Cultural Forms
Science, Technology and Cultural Studies
Critiquing Cultural Studies
Chris Barker, Cultural Studies: Theory and Practice. London: Sage, 2003.
Chris Barker, The Sage Dictionary of Cultural Studies. Sage, 2004.
Pramod K Nayar. An Introduction to Cultural Studies. New Delhi: Viva Books, 2009.
Tony Bennett and John Frow, eds. The Sage Handbook of Cultural Analysis. Sage, 2008.
Andrew Milner, Contemporary Cultural Theory: An Introduction, Routledge, 2002.
Meenakshi Gigi Durham and Douglas M Kellner, eds, Media and Cultural Studies. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2006.
Imre Szeman and Timothy Kaposy, Cultural Theory: An Anthology. Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
Toby Miller, ed. A Companion to Cultural Studies. Blackwell, 2001.
Andrew Edgar and Peter Sedgewick, Key Concepts in Cultural Theory, Routledge, 1999.