Person responsible: Annariina Seppänen (FM)
ECTS credits: 5 ECTS / 135 hours of work
Language of instruction: English
Learning outcomes: This course does not deal with cultural awareness or cross cultural sensitivity as such, nor does it limit its view on culture as a set of cultural products such as paintings, books or movies, for example. Instead, on this course, culture is considered in a wide sense to refer to a set of practices that are distinctive to any given group of people. Upon completing this course, the participants will be able to identify and describe recurrent cultural phenomena in relation to concepts such as representation (e.g. Stuart Hall) and myth (Roland Barthes). The participants will develop an understanding of language and other representational systems as the mediums of meaning-making, i.e. the way in which meaning is produced and exchanged in and through language. Further, they will be able to analyze agency and the distribution of power through discourse in connection to consequential characteristics such as gender, sexuality, disability, age, race/ethnicity and class in various contexts and societies. They will be able to apply the acquired knowledge and practical skills in their further studies in English Philology.
Contents: The course introduces the participants with selected concepts, theories, and research perspectives (e.g. Study of representations, Semiotics, Critical Discourse Analysis) within the field of culture and human communication in various contexts.
Mode of delivery: Lectures; group work; independent work
Learning activities and teaching methods: Interactive lectures, group work and project presentations
Prerequisites: Basic Studies in English Philology recommended
Recommended optional programme components: The course is an independent entity and does not require additional studies carried out at the same time.
Recommended or required reading: Materials agreed on with the teacher
Assessment methods and criteria: This course utilises continuous assessment. It is ultimately based on a pre-assignment and the student projects.
Grading: The course utilises a numerical grading scale (0–5). In the numerical scale zero stands for a fail.
Other information: The course is compulsory in the Intermediate Studies of English Philology.