Philosophy and cultural theory
Time: 12:30 - 14:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HP130
Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
We will look the philosophical underpinnings of culture through the writings of key philosophers who engage critically with the self images of the post enlightenment era. In particular we will look at ideology, language and art in the context of cultural reproduction.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Topics will include –
The legacy of Marx and Nietzsche
Ideology and the politics of selfhood
The Work of Art in the age of Mechanical Reproduction (Walter Benjamin)
The Culture Industry – (Adorno)
Representation in Art – the sensible and the intelligible
Sontag on Photography
Representation in Literature – the five codes of Roland Barthes
The readerly and the writerly – pathway to post modernity
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Understand the key debates in culture theory and apply some of the key concepts to current issues and debates about culture.
Engage with both secondary and primary texts with a clear overview of some of the key thinkers in this area.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is designed for learners who are interested in both literature and philosophy and enjoy both cultural and literary analysis.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Interactive lectures will provide you with opportunities to develop your ideas and engage with some key texts.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A useful text which provides a good overview of some key issues is Katherine Belsey - Critical Practice. Terry Eagleton’s Ideology of The Aesthetic covers the key thinker. It is advised to go for second-hand copies which are available on the web. Neither of these books is an essential purchase.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Visit www.citylit.ac.uk for the full range of philosophy courses on offer.
Barrie Selwyn is a regular tutor at City Lit. Formerly the Principal of Kingston Adult Education, he is the lead tutor for the School of Ideas at Richmond and Hillcroft Adult Community College. Educated at Hackney Downs School, Sussex University and University of London, he is a highly respected adult educationalist specializing in philosophy and literature. Barrie is the Chair of the Kingston Philosophy Café, which he helped to set up in 2007. He is a regular speaker around London philosophy venues, talking on topics such as Nietzsche and the Frankfurt School, Kant and post-Kantian Idealism and Richard Rorty and post-analytic philosophy. He is also an alto saxophonist and a keen jazz fan.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.