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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
April 27, 2015

Canadian Excellence

Learning Outcomes

Cultural Studies

A program-level learning outcome can be defined as a statement that articulates what a graduate of the program should be able to know and/or do upon completion of their degree...Quality Assurance Office

1.) Demonstrate a cohesive understanding of cultural studies as a discipline formed by interdisciplinary trajectories.

2.) Engage in interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the ways in which culture is formed, practiced, and constituted.

3.) Employ the primary disciplinary debates within cultural studies as a discipline, particularly the ways in which culture can be understood in the context of identity formations and systems of power generated around concepts of race, gender, sexuality, class, ethnicity, and forces of globalization.

4.) Become conversant in the central questions, theories, methodologies, methods, and concepts that guide knowledge formation in the context of cultural studies as a discipline.

5.) Generate a critical awareness of the institutional and social structures that circumscribe forms of cultural production and be able to critique assumptions around notions of "high" and "low" culture.

6.) Understand all forms of cultural production, including popular culture, as sites of ideological production which can be "unpacked" utilizing the aforementioned tools.

7.) Perform a close reading of any cultural "text" (including visual culture, sound and music, forms of textual culture, etc.) in order to examine the underpinning ideological structures.

8.) Comprehend the implications of different interpretive techniques, weighing their benefits and limitations.

9.) Construct rhetorically persuasive arguments, identifying and articulating compelling questions and synthesizing relevant scholarly literature (both orally and in written form).