Culture, Identity, and Representation

Module code: SY3015

Module co-ordinator: Dr Tim Edwards

In this module you will analyse theories and concepts of identity, culture, and representation; examine their interconnections; and consider their political ramifications in relation to gender, race, and sexuality. There are three major sections to the module:

  • Main theories of representation, identity, and culture including Marxism, the Birmingham school of contemporary cultural studies, constructionism, and essentialism
  • Sociological and cultural theory and politics relating to the topics of gender/masculinity, sexuality, and race
  • The 'turn to culture' and the rise of poststructural theory, including the work of Foucault and Butler


  • Eighteen one-hour lectures
  • Eight one-hour seminars


  • Essay (100%)