SLSP2180 The Sociology of Culture

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  • Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View timetable
  • Credits: 20
  • Class Size: 50
  • Module Manager: Dr Rodanthi Tzanelli
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  • Pre-Requisite Qualifications: At least 20 credits at Level 1 from a social science related discipline or the appropriate discovery theme.
  • This Module is approved as a Discovery Module

Discovery module overview

Module Summary

Module Summary

This module introduces theories, problems, debates and case issues in the analysis of culture in sociology. Our goal is to address challenges of defining culture and to apply appropriate explanatory theories to diverse contexts of empirical cultural phenomena in social life. Central topics include: social class & culture; high/low divides in culture; artistic production & art markets; modern & postmodern aesthetics; power, the state & cultural politics; discourse and representation; culture and religion/new cultures of belief and unbelief; tourism and the heritage industries; urbanism and culture.


On completion of this module, students should be able to ...

  • - To introduce theories, problems, debates and case issues in the analysis of culture in sociology
  • - To address challenges of defining culture and to investigate its empirical manifestations in different spheres, sites and dimensions of social life
  • - To examine dimensions of gender, ethnicity and global power in the production of culture
  • - To apply and develop general sociological analytical skills


Lectures will cover the following areas:

  • - Theories of culture
  • - Cultural studies, cultural sociology, post-Marxism
  • - Power and culture, hegemony, ideology, discourse, representation
  • - Class, gender, ethnicity, race, colonialism and culture
  • - High/low culture divides: pop, post-industrialism/new middle class/subcultures
  • - Fine art: production and socio-economic structures
  • - Sociology of art and literature: markets, publics, patrons and the state
  • - Aesthetics: modernism, postmodernism and beyond
  • - Culture and religion: secularization debate; cultures of belif and unbelief
  • - Tourism and the heritage of industries
  • - Urbanism and culture

Learning Outcomes

  • - Grasp of the concept of culture in its numerous contested meanings
  • - Ability to apply explanatory and interpretive theories to empirical contexts of cultural phenomena and to test the quality of existing theories by reference to available knowledge of these phenomena

Skills Outcomes

Oral and written presentation skills, research skills, IT skills.

Assessment and teaching

Assessment and teaching


Assesment type Notes % of formal assesment
Essay 4,000 words 100
Total percentages (Assessment Coursework) 100

Private Study

180 hours

Progress Monitoring

Contribution in tutorials

Teaching methods

Delivery type Number Length hours Student hours
Lecture 11 1 11
Tutorial 9 1 9
Private Study Hours 180
Total Contact Hours 20
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits) 200

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Reading List
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