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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
April 23, 2014
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Courses Fall 2013 and Winter 2014

Cultural Studies

Course List Fall 2013- Winter 2014

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KS100 Culture in Historical Perspective: Thiis course introduces students to the history of the concept of culture with an emphasis on approaches to cultural analysis in the history and practice of cultural studies. Culture will be viewed from a number of different perspectives and will focus on the history of popular culture.
• Note this course has a tutorial component; a tutorial must be selected as well

KS101 Culture in Thematic Perspective: This course introduces students to the key debates in contemporary cultural studies through a thematic and critical approach to culture. Emphasis will be placed on the thematic study of contemporary popular cultural forms. Themes explored in this course may vary from year to year.
• Note this course has a tutorial component; a tutorial must be selected as well

KS201 Classics in Cultural Theory: A study of key foundational topics, concepts and theories in Cultural Studies, which may include ideology, knowledge, subjectivity, discourse, power, and representation.
Prerequisites   KS100 and KS101 (or permission of instructor).
Exclusions  KS200*.

KS205  Cartoons and Comics: A study of cartoons and comics from the 18th century to the present, addressing such issues as the history of the genre, and its various roles from the political to the popular.

KS210 Cultural Studies of Popular Music: This course examines the cultural politics of music through an exploration of the critical and analytical issues related to the production, distribution, consumption, circulation, and regulation of popular music from a cultural studies perspective. Topics may include youth and subcultures of music, power and identity, the politics of location, and fan cultures. This course does not assume or require any prior musical training.
Prerequisites KS100 or KS101.

KS300: Cultural Studies in Action: This course is designed to introduce students to the practice of cultural studies through practical experience in a service learning context. Students will be introduced to the roots of community action and involvement in cultural studies and given an opportunity to explore and develop a deeper understanding of the practice of cultural studies through a minimum 10-hour practical course component of community service related to the field. Community service will focus on cultural and other organizations in the Kitchener-Waterloo Region.

KS340J Myths, Monsters and Machines: The Fantastic in Popular Culture: The monster, as signifier, makes us think of the boundaries between human and non-human, self and other, real and unreal. This course takes on an exploration of what it means to “be human” through myths, metaphors and popular representations of nonhuman beings including monsters (of varying sorts), cyborgs, and other nonhuman entities. Collectively, we ask what role do myths of monstrosity play in our social and cultural imagination? What does it mean to be rendered mythic? Or monstrous? Where do monster myths and what we often colloquially call the “real” world intersect? We will look not only at monsters in popular culture, but will explore the significance of the monstrous in political, social and cultural discourses.

KS400F Remix Culture: This course explores remix culture in thecontext of cultural studies. We will examine the political, economic, socialand cultural implications of remix culture, looking at remix practices invarious forms of cultural production including popular music, visual arts, andfan culture. Although many of the creative and cultural practices nowassociated with remix culture have been around for a long time, remix cultureis often thought to be a contemporary phenomenon, rooted in new media anddigital technologies. While we will look at remix in its digital contexts, wewill also explore the historicity of remix practice and will work towards acritical definition of remix culture, grounding this definition in thetheoretical frameworks of cultural studies. Please note, access to a computerand internet is necessary for this course.