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Postgraduate students taking this module should develop an awareness that culture is not a given, fixed, and stable entity; This will be reflected on successful completion of the module in an ability to identify differing understanding of culture in shorter texts and longer extracts taught over the twelve weeks. Secondly, those who have completed the module successfully will demonstrate critical awareness of the subject matter in written form. The assessment essay will also reflect a developing ability to integrate existing research and to write in a suitable register and with accuracy. Continuous assessment during the semester will take the form of a presentation. For this, you will be expected to present on the material related to a given week, to show careful engagement with and analysis of the material, and your presentation should also provide questions which stimulate discussion in class. Therefore, you will have practiced good communicative skills, as well as continuing to develop independent research ability.
Varyingly during the semester, and depending on class numbers, participants will have taken turns to lead some sessions, guiding discussion by identifying key questions that emerge. Learning outcomes, overall, will centre on the ability to think critically and analytically about the subject matter; engage productively with secondary sources; show good control of argument as well as the ability to synthesise information.
Normally, we will focus each week on a different essay, article or extract by a different thinker. In certain weeks, the same author and/or material may be discussed over two weeks. Examples include:
- Bernhard Waldenfels, "Thresholds of Attention" - how do we encounter not just culture, but anything we perceive? How do we
'relate' to it? How do screens and other media affect this?
- Bernhard Waldenfels, "Between Cultures" . Interculturality and re-thinking the notions of 'self' and 'other'.
- J. McGregor Wise, "Home: Territory and Identity".
- Judith Butler, Extracts from: "Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism", Introduction and Chapter One.
- Sigmund Freud, "Mourning and Melancholia" (extract).
- Byung-Chul Han, "The Burnout Society" (extract), and "The Transparency Society" (extract).
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Seminar (or Webinar)||
|Specified Learning Activities||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Not applicable to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Essay: 4,000 word essay||Varies over the Trimester||n/a||Standard conversion grade scale 40%||No||
|Presentation: You are required to present on a text or topic corresponding to the material under discussion in a given week. Your presentation should incorporate questions that will facilitate class discussion.||Varies over the Trimester||n/a||Standard conversion grade scale 40%||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities
As a trimester one module, advice on your assessment should be of help to you with further academic writing, and so you are encouraged to seek feedback advice on your work. Also, as you select an essay topic and prepare, you are welcome to discuss your ideas or any questions that may arise.