Short Title:Cultural Studies
Full Title:Cultural Studies
Module Code:CULT H2003
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Field of Study:Audio-visual techniques and media production
Module Delivered in no programmes
Module Description:The aim of this module is to introduce students to key concepts and debates, both historical and contemporary in the area of cultural theory. It also aims to enable learners to apply these ideas in reflecting on the nature of contemporary Irish culture and society.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe a range of approaches to cultural theory
LO2 Critically analyse various contemporary cultural processes and texts
LO3 Discuss the nature of contemporary Irish identity in the context of globallized, technologized culture
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Module Content
This course will begin with an overview of a number of cultural theories and in later weeks use these as a theoretical framework in examining various aspects and themes relevant to Irish culture and society.
Approaches to Cultural Theory
Toward a definition of the concept of culture; an introduction to the intellectual strands (Conservative critique; Marxism; Culturalism; Structuralism; Gender and Intersectionality Studies; Critical Race Theory Postmodernism and the networked society); questions of culture, ideology, subjectivity and identity particularly in relation to increasingly technologized information environments.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Assignment Students may be required to complete an essay demonstrating their understanding of key theoretical concepts and an ability to apply these in the context of contemporary cultural conditions. 2 30.00 n/a
Presentation Students may be required to present a paper in class applying theoretical concepts or frameworks discussed to aspects of contemporary culture 2 20.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2 50.00 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Storey, J. 2015, An Introduction to Cultural Theory and Popular Culture, Harvester Wheatsheaf
Recommended Book Resources
  • Barker, C. Jane, E., 2016, Cultural Studies: Theory and Practice, Sage
  • McRobbie,A. 2005, The Uses of Cultural Studies, Sage
  • Milner, A. 2002, Contemporary Cultural Theory: An Introduction, Routledge
  • Strinati, D. 2004, An Introduction to Theories of Popular Culture, Routledge
  • Gibbons, L., Cronin, M., Kirby, P. 2002, Reinventing Ireland: Culture and the Celtic Tiger, Pluto Press
  • Kuhling, C and Keohane,K., 2007, Cosmopolitan Ireland: Globalisation and Quality of Life, Pluto Press
  • Kuhling, C., and Keohane, K., 2004, Collision Culture: Transformations in Everyday Life in Ireland, The Liffey Press Dublin
  • Maher, E., and O'Brien E., 2014, From prosperity to austerity: A Socio-cultural Critique of the Celtic Tiger and its Aftermath, Manchester Univ Press
  • Negra, D., 2008, What a Girl Wants: Fantasizing the Reclamation of Self in Postfeminism, Routledge
  • Edwards, T., 2006, Cultures of Masculinity, Routledge New York
  • Zeisler, A 2016, We were Feminists Once: from Riot Grrrl to Covergirl the buying and selling of a Political Movement, Public Affairs
  • Robinson, V., et al 2015, Introducing Gender and Women's Studies, 4th Ed., Palgrave [ISBN: 978-113732187]
  • Magennis, C and Mullen, R., 2011, Irish Masculinities: Reflections on Literature and Culture, Irish Academic Press [ISBN: 978-071653135]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources