Taught course

Critical and Cultural Theory

University of Leeds · School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree or equivalent professional experience in a relevant subject area.

Months of entry


Course content

Established in 1987, this course takes a philosophical and theoretical approach to cultural studies, offering in-depth study of paradigms of cultural analysis, including critical theory, deconstruction and psychoanalysis. It addresses the historical formations of contemporary culture, and of cultural studies as a reflexive critical response to modernity in its long history. This intensive theoretical work and focus on close textual analysis enables you to shape your thinking critically while situating and developing your interests in a rigorously analytical context. Key issues covered include modernity, postmodernity, the postcolonial, subjectivity and sexuality, visual and acoustical culture.
You will take two core modules in theory and history and two optional modules.
Options have included:
• the voice in cultural theory
• Derrida and deconstruction
• trauma, cultural memory and the Holocaust
• movies, migrants, diasporas
• reading sexual difference
• making sense of sound
• aesthetics and politics.
You also write a 15,000-word dissertation based on independent research in consultation with your advisor.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

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