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2.3.1.4    Cultural Studies

The import of “culture” for understanding human activity and the history of its many uses provide the initial basis of Cultural Studies, an interdisciplinary field formed over forty years ago, primarily in the US and UK. Since then, interest in the field has grown exponentially. Incorporating a diverse range of new theoretical inputs, methodological innovations and objects of inquiry, Cultural Studies takes up a number of issues related to contemporary culture while being aware of their specific historical formations. The research field broadly includes: analysis of contemporary urban cultural practices, including the consumption and politics of mass media, popular literature, consumerism, lifestyles and urban architecture and spaces, the construction of individual and collective identities and formation of subjectivities and, the politics and interests in knowledge production and reproduction. Students who take up this minor will leave it with knowledge of contemporary debates in cultural studies and with a theoretical tool-kit capable of analysing a range of social processes and cultural forms and practices including media, urbanism, critical theory, cinema, cyberspace, popular fiction, popular music and television. Although central to daily life in contemporary, high-technology-based societies, many of these contemporary cultural phenomena have been placed outside the boundaries of established disciplines such as sociology, history and literary studies, in part because the concepts developed within singular disciplines are unable to capture their complexities.

Through multidisciplinary methodologies, the Minor in Cultural Studies combines and adapts qualitative research strategies to specific analytic interests, including textual analysis, ethnographic observations and different theories of interpretation, including semiotics, psychoanalysis, post-structuralism and postmodernism.

The general aims of the Minor are:

  1. To provide coherence to possible combinations of the different modules offered by different departments elected by undergraduates.
  2. To provide conceptual and methodological tools for students to gain depth of understanding and skills in analysis of contemporary cultural practices.
  3. To provide students with analytic and conceptual skills which are increasingly demanded in a service-oriented and information-based economy.

Programme Requirements 

Pass at least 24 MCs from the basket of Minor in Cultural Studies modules, which include the following:

  1. One core module – SC3224 Theory and Practice of Cultural Studies
  2. Five elective modules

a.       A minimum of 8 MCs at Level-2000

b.      A minimum of 8 MCs at Level-3000 (including SC3224 Theory and Practice of Cultural Studies)

Students are limited to taking a maximum of three modules from the same department (outside student’s major).

Note:
• Students who have read XD3101 Theory and Practice of Cultural Studies prior to AY2010-11 can use it to fulfil the essential requirement of the minor.
• From AY2010-11, students will read SC3224 Theory and Practice of Cultural Studies to fulfil the essential requirement of the minor.

A maximum of 8 MCs from the minor can be used to satisfy the requirements of a major or another minor.

ESSENTIAL MODULES
SC3224 Theory and Practice in Cultural Studies
ELECTIVE MODULES
GEK1046 Introduction to Cultural Studies
GEH1055 Religion and Film
FILM, MEDIA AND THEATRE
CH2292A Understanding Modern China through Film
EN3235 Representation of Asians in the US
HY2236 US Media in the 20th Century and Beyond
JS2216 Postwar Japanese Film and Anime
JS3216 Japanese Film and Literature
JS3225 Japanese Mass Media
NM2201 Intercultural Communication
NM2210 Aesthetics of New Media
SC2214 Mass Media and Culture
SN3274 South Asian Cinema
GENDER
EN3245 Feminism: Text & Theory
SC2220 Gender Studies
GE3206 Gender, Space and Place
URBANISATION AND SPACE
GE2224 Geographics of Social Life
GE3224 Cultural Landscapes
SC2217 Sociology of Tourism
SE2212 Cities and Urban Life in Southeast Asia
SN3261 Exile, Indenture, IT: Global South Asian
MATERIAL CULTURE
HY2227 Technology and Culture in the Asia Pacific
HY2232 From Samurai to Sony: History of Japan
SC2210 Sociology of Popular Culture
SC2215 The Sociology of Food
THEORY
EN3262 Postcolonial/Postmodern Writing
PH3220 Philosophy of Culture
CONTEMPORARY  CULTURE
HY2258 Passage to India: Modern Indian Society
SN2274 South Asian Cultures: An Introduction
SN3279 Language, Culture and Identity in India

Major modules read in excess of graduation requirements may be used to fulfil the Minor requirements.

For the latest updates, please visit the Minor in Cultural Studies website at: http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/oop