Cultural Studies (CLST) 325

Understanding Cultural Studies (Revision 1)

CLST 325

Revision 1 is closed for registrations, replaced by current version

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online.

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities. Course can also be used to fulfill Social Science area of study.

Prerequisite: None. One or more of CLST 201, CMNS 202, HUMN 202, POEC 230 or POLI 307 strongly recommended.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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CLST 325 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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In CLST 325: Understanding Cultural Studies you will learn about the history and origins of cultural studies, analyse and discuss some of the key theoretical debates initiated in and around what constitutes cultural studies, and review examples of the range of approaches that continue to shape and reshape [the ever-expanding boundaries of] the field.

Please note: CLST 325 is not intended as an introductory course, nor is it a course in multiculturalism. It is a senior–level course that asks students to take a critical approach to the required readings. Those with no prior experience of, or background in, cultural studies, are strongly advised to take CLST 201 before attempting CLST 325.


Unit 1: Mapping the Terrain
Unit 2: Theoretical Influences and Key Debates
Unit 3: Texts and Contexts
Unit 4: Classic Examples
Unit 5: The Future of Cultural Studies


To receive credit for CLST 325, you must complete and submit all four assignments and achieve an overall grade of “D” (50 percent) or better for the entire course. Assignments should be completed and submitted in the order in which they are requested in the Study Guide. You are advised not to attempt the next assignment until you have completed and received feedback on the previous one.

Assignment 1 Assignment 2 Assignment 3 Assignment 4 Total
15% 25% 25% 35% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Bennett, Tony, Lawrence Grossberg and Meaghan Morris, eds. New Key Words: A Revised Vocabulary of Culture and Society. London: Blackwell, 2005.

Rivkin, Julie and Michael Ryan, eds. Literary Theory: An Anthology. Oxford: Blackwell, 2004.

Turner, Graeme. British Cultural Studies: An Introduction. London: Routledge, 2003.

Other materials

The course materials include a study guide and a reading file.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the CLST 325 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least "C-" (60 per cent) on the examination.

clarity of written expression subtantive content appropriateness of sources consulted Total
20% 60% 20% 100%

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1, August 19, 2009.