English translation of course syllabus

Introduction to Critical and Cultural Theory, 7.5 credits

(Introduktion till kritisk kulturteori, 7,5 högskolepoäng)

Course code 42F1087
Discipline for doctoral studies Other subjects
Academic school School of Culture and Education
Research area for doctoral studies Critical and Cultural Theory
Grading scale G
Education cycle Doctoral studentship
Language of instruction English
Valid from Last six months of 2020


This course syllabus was validated by the Committee for Research and Doctoral Education at Södertörn University on 2020-04-22 according to the stipulations in the Higher Education Ordinance

Entry requirements

Admitted to doctoral studentship

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the doctoral student is able to:

  • discern and understand in-depth the main elements of critical and cultural theory vital to the area, and situate these in a wider scholarly context
  • analyse complex issues in critical and cultural theory and apply this analysis to a research area that is relevant to the subject
  • critically compare and reflect on scholarly perspectives on criticism, culture, and other key concepts in the field.

Course content, modules and examinations

The course presents central concepts and scholarly directions in critical and cultural theory, from different periods, regions and thematic fields. It provides a broad, interdisciplinary overview of how important subject traditions meet and interact in this research area. It also provides knowledge of current research and theory development in critical and cultural theory at Södertörn University. The course discusses the scope and meaning of critical and cultural theory. The course is built around a series of components, with lectures and seminars that offer complementary approaches to critical and cultural theory from thematic and subject-based fields.

Course design

The course consists of lectures and seminars.

Examination format

Course examination takes place through written and oral presentations.

The grading criteria are distributed prior to the start of a course or module.

If a student has a certificate from Södertörn University for compensatory support, the examiner has the right to decide on an adapted examination or alternative form of examination in accordance with Södertörn University's regulations.

Restrictions on accreditation

The course may not be accredited as part of a degree if the contents are partly or wholly the same as a course previously taken in Sweden or elsewhere.

Other stipulations

The course may be taught in Swedish.