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TRAN6015 Understanding Transnational Studies: Key Concepts

Module Overview

This module provides a comprehensive introduction to the critical cultural concepts at the heart of the Transnational Studies programme. Drawing on staff expertise from a number of fields, disciplines and research interests, the course will introduce students to the key questions that worldwide thinkers have asked about culture, and the frameworks they have devised for answering them. Students will be encouraged to locate their own research interests within these global concepts and frameworks. As a result, students will acquire skills valuable not only for the MA course itself, but also for future research and enquiry, whether in the form of advanced study or in the workplace.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aims of this module are: - To equip students with the knowledge of key concepts and theoretical frameworks necessary for the Transnational Studies MA programme - To encourage students’ critical thinking toward those key concepts and theoretical frameworks - To facilitate students’ engagement with high-level academic and theoretical texts relevant to the Transnational Studies programme - To facilitate students’ application of the concepts and frameworks studied to their own research interests.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Possess a broad, wide-reaching knowledge of critical concepts central to the Transnational Studies MA programme
  • Be fully equipped to take on further MA modules and their dissertations.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand the location of their own research interests within wider global trends and frameworks, and be able to extrapolate the case studies used in class to their own specific interests and to global current events and trends
  • Demonstrate confidence in presenting ideas in a group environment
  • Have developed their written communication skills
  • Possess highly refined critical thinking skills.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Display highly refined skills in analysing cultural trends, narratives and texts, reflected in sophisticated academic writing and presentation
  • Demonstrate confidence and skill when engaging in discussion and debate around the course content
  • Display confidence in engaging with high-level academic and theoretical texts related to the course content

Syllabus

The course will be divided into three broad and overlapping thematic areas: Culture and Nation, Culture and Globalisation, and Culture and Power. The Culture and Nation portion might include, for example, concepts of: nationhood, national and cultural identity, nationalism, nation-building, the transnational and transnationalism, community and collectivity, citizenship, state and statelessness The Culture and Globalisation portion might include, for example, concepts of: neoliberalism, environment, diaspora and migration, displacement and trafficking, popular culture and new media, trade and commodity, language The Culture and Power portion might include, for example, concepts of: race, ethnicity; gender; sexuality; socioeconomic class; imperialism/colonialism, postimperialism/postcolonialism, and neoimperialism/neo-colonialism; war; violence and death; authoritarianism; resistance.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and seminars.

TypeHours
Independent Study128
Teaching22
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Williams, Patrick (1993). Colonial Discourse and Postcolonial Theory: A Reader. 

McGrew, Tony, Stuart Hall and David Held, eds (1992). Modernity and its Futures: Understanding Modern Societies. 

Cohen, Robin (2001). Global Diasporas: An Introduction. 

Hall, Stuart, ed (1997). Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices. 

Anderson, Benedict (2006). Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. 

Young, Robert, (1981). Untying the Text: A Post-Structuralist Reader. 

Barry, Peter (2009). Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory. 

Levitt, Peggy, ed (2008). The Transnational Studies Reader: Intersections and Innovations. 

Lemert, Charles et al, eds. (2010). Globalization: A Reader. 

Longhurst, Brian et al, eds, (2008). Introducing Cultural Studies. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 80%
Student presentation  (10 minutes) 20%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 80%
Student presentation  (10 minutes) 20%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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