Theories of Culture

5 ECTs / Semester / Portuguese

Theories of Culture provides an organized overview of the main discourses that have contributed to the formation and development of the concept of culture from the mid nineteenth century up to the present day. The different critical and analytical perspectives are examined, their similarities and differences stressed, their different genealogies explored thereby providing the framework in which the affinities of culture studies with other fields of knowledge becomes clear – literature, linguistics, history, philosophy, political studies, social sciences, psychology, arts, media and others – making clear the impact of the "cultural turn" in the Social and Human Sciences. The analysis of foundational texts from different currents of thought enables students to place them within their context of production and requires the development of interpretive competences. The curricular unit is framed by the concepts of "signifying practices" and "hegemony", thereby providing the students with instruments for a better understanding of the relationship between culture and power. In this way, students become familiar with the idea that culture is more than a set of objects and that it also represents a process and a practice. The students thus develop competences in critical textual analysis, understanding the contemporary world and producing coherent, structured and informed discourses, and with agility in oral presentations and debate.

Faculty

Full Professor
Full Professor in the FCH - Faculty of Human Sciences, UCP - the Catholic University of Portugal, where she served as Vice-Rector between 2004 and 2012. She…