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Swayam Central

Introduction to Cultural Studies

By Prof. Avishek Parui   |   IIT Madras
This course intends to examine culture, cultural identities and politics of production across various human historical conditions. Culture is examined in this course as an asymmetrical entanglement of material and abstract attributes and hence the course draws on political theory, psychology and critical theory, among other disciplines, in order to investigate the constructed categories of identity, authority and knowledge. 

INTENDED AUDIENCE    : B.A/M.A. students of English and Cultural Studies 
PRE-REQUISITES      : B.A in English or Cultural Studies l
INDUSTRY SUPPORT      : NIL

Learners enrolled: 530

SUMMARY

Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 27 Jan 2020
End Date : 17 Apr 2020
Exam Date : 26 Apr 2020
Enrollment Ends : 03 Feb 2020
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Level : Postgraduate
    This is an AICTE approved FDP course

    COURSE LAYOUT

    Week 1  :  What is Culture? Culture and Cultural Identities, Values, Key lenses for Culture Studies 
    Week 2  :   Edward Said’s Orientalism, Homi Bhabha’s ‘The Other Question’ 
    Week 3  : Homi Bhabha’s ‘The Other Question’, George Orwell’s ‘Shooting an Elephant’
    Week 4  :  George Orwell’s ‘Shooting an Elephant’, Lyotard’s The Postmodern Condition
    Week 5  :  Lyotard’s The Postmodern Condition, Frantz Fanon’s Black Skin White Masks 
    Week 6  :  Frantz Fanon’s Black Skin White Masks, Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble
    Week 7  :  Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble, Hannah Arendt’s The Human Condition
    Week 8  :  Hannah Arendt’s The Human Condition, Michel Foucault’s ‘What is an Author?’
    Week 9  :  Michel Foucault’s ‘What is an Author?’, Ian Hacking’s The Social Construction of What?
    Week 10  :  Ian Hacking’s The Social Construction of What?, bell hooks’ ‘Understanding Patriarchy’ 
    Week 11  :  bell hooks’ ‘Understanding Patriarchy’, Slavoj Zizek’s Welcome to the Desert of the Real 
    Week 12  :  Slavoj Zizek’s Welcome to the Desert of the Real, Conclusion to the Course 

    BOOKS AND REFERENCES

     Edward Said’s Orientalism, Homi Bhabha’s ‘The Other Question’, Frantz Fanon’s Black Skin White Masks, Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble, George Orwell’s ‘Shooting an Elephant’, Lyotard’s The Postmodern Condition, Hannah Arendt’s The Human Condition, Michel Foucault’s ‘What is an Author?’, Ian Hacking’s The Social Construction of What?, bell hooks’ ‘Understanding Patriarchy’, Slavoj Zizek’s Welcome to the Desert of the Real 

    INSTRUCTOR BIO

    Prof. Avishek Parui

    IIT Madras
    Dr Avishek Parui is Assistant Professor in English at IIT Madras and Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. He researches and supervises PhDs on medical humanities, masculinity studies, memory studies and postmodernism. His recent book Postmodern Literatures, has been published by Orient Blackswan.

    COURSE CERTIFICATE

    • The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
    • The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
    • Date and Time of Exams: 26th April 2020, Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
    • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
    • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
    • Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.

    CRITERIA TO GET A CERTIFICATE:
    • Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments
     given in the course. 
    • Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
    • Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

    YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. 
    • If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.
    • Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.
    • Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

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