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5516104 Approaching Culture: Encounters, Representations, Cultural Identities, 5 Cp 
Code 5516104  Validity 01.06.2010 -
Name Approaching Culture: Encounters, Representations, Cultural Identities  Abbreviation Approaching Cul 
Credits5 Cp  Date of expiry  
TypeAdvanced Studies Subject0097 Sosiology, Cultural Diversity Programme 
ClassStudy Unit  Hours  
Study right   Grading0-5 
Recommended scheduling 
Organisation Social Sciences, Joensuu (J) 

Study unit's general literature:
Author Title Year Obligatory library
The student chooses 3 books from the following list and studies them for the examination:
     Dirlik, A.  The Postcolonial Aura: Third World Criticism in the Age of Global Capitalism  1998  - library
     Baldwin, E., Longhurst, I., McCracken, S., Ogborn, M. & Smith, G.  Introducing Cultural Studies  1999  - library
     De Certeau, M. & Giard,L.  Culture in Plural  1998  - library
     Turner,B.S.  Orientalism, Postmodernism and Globalism  1994  - library
     Carrithers, Michael.   Why humans have cultures : explaining anthropology and social diversity / Michael Carrithers.   1992  - library
     Eriksen Thomas  Small places, large issues : an introduction to social and cultural anthropology  2010  - library

Learning outcomes 

This reading study unit introduces students to the analytic tools for approaching cultural phenomena. These tools will be presented through concepts such as culture, multiculturalism, cultural identity and religion.


The literature covers key areas of cultural studies, cultural sociology and cultural/social anthropology. A special focus will be placed on encountering and representing other cultures, and the formation of cultural identity in this process.

Modes of study 

Book exam on the electronic exam system or, in an agreement with the teacher, an essay. More information about the electronic exam system: Students who wish to write an essay need to contact the teacher beforehand.

Study materials 

The student chooses 3 books from the following list and studies them for the examination:
Dirlik (1998). The Postcolonial Aura: Third World Criticism in the Age of Global Capitalism.
Baldwin, Longhurst, McCracken, Ogborn & Smith (1999). Introducing Cultural Studies (1999 edition or later, Chapters I, III-VI, and VIII).
De Certeau & Giard (1998). Culture in the Plural.
Turner (1994). Orientalism, Postmodernism and Globalism.
Carrithers (1992). Why humans have cultures? Explaining Anthropology and Social Diversity.
Eriksen (2010). Small Places, Large Issues. An Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology. Available at Ebrary:

Evaluation criteria 

All the books required for the examination must be examined at the same time. In order to pass the examination, the student needs to pass all the questions made of the books he/she has chosen. Students must prove that they have achieved the required level of knowledge for the assigned texts, to be evaluated 0-5.


Early stage researcher Mathias Ebot 


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Letter (J, K) in front of the name of the course/exam indicates the campus on which teaching or exam takes place: J = Joensuu, K = Kuopio.

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