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Culture, Ideology, Power, in Media and Communication Studies - JJD003
Anglický název: Culture, Ideology, Power, in Media and Communication Studies
Český název: Kultura, ideologie, moc - v mediálních a komunikačních studiích
Zajišťuje: Katedra mediálních studií (23-KMS)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2022
Semestr: letní
E-Kredity: 10
Způsob provedení zkoušky: letní s.:písemná
Rozsah, examinace: letní s.:2/0, Zk [HT]
Počet míst: neurčen / neurčen (10)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
4EU+: ne
Virtuální mobilita / počet míst pro virtuální mobilitu: ne
Stav předmětu: nevyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina, čeština
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Poznámka: předmět je určen pouze pro doktorandy
předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
povolen pro zápis po webu
při zápisu přednost, je-li ve stud. plánu
Garant: doc. Vagia Doudaki, D.Phil., Ph.D.
Termíny zkoušek   Rozvrh   Nástěnka   
Cíl předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: doc. Vagia Doudaki, D.Phil., Ph.D. (29.10.2022)

Course rationale and aims

Through a series of lectures, seminars, independent study and feedback sessions, communication and media studies PhD students explore and deepen their knowledge of the theoretical foundations and traditions, pertaining to key aspects of their doctoral projects.

The students engage in the study of the different paradigms and schools of thought of their selected theoretical area, with the suggestion to focus on one of the key fields of culture, ideology or power. This suggested focus helps students to embed the theoretical grounding of their doctoral projects in critical approaches, in communication and media studies.

Through the scrutiny of key scholars and texts, students evaluate the existing literature critically, reflecting on its strengths and shortcomings, and argue, in written form and orally, for their theoretical and conceptual choices, in light of their own projects’ aims and specificities.


Intended learning outcomes

§  The students expand and deepen their theoretical knowledge, in approaches and directions pertinent to their doctoral projects, in a critical and structured fashion.

§  The students develop their skills of communicating concepts and theories, both in written form and orally.

§  The students develop their pedagogical skills, by structuring and delivering a short lecture regarding their selected theory/concept.

Podmínky zakončení předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: doc. Vagia Doudaki, D.Phil., Ph.D. (29.10.2022)


In order to fulfil the course’s requirements, students need to attend the lectures and seminars, and actively participate in all the activities that are organised during the course’s sessions. They also need to successfully complete a set of assignments.

Literatura - angličtina
Poslední úprava: doc. Vagia Doudaki, D.Phil., Ph.D. (29.10.2022)

Suggested literature on culture, ideology, power


Barthes, Roland. 1978. Image-Music-Text. New York: Hill and Wang.

Carpentier, Nico. 2011. Media and Participation: A Site of Ideological-democratic Struggle. Bristol: Intellect Books.

Hall, Stuart. 1996. ‘Who Needs ‘Identity’?’ In Stuart Hall and Paul du Gay (eds), Questions of Cultural Identity. London: Sage, pp. 1-17.

Hall, Stuart. 1997. ‘The work of representation’. In Stuart Hall (ed.),  Representation: Cultural representations and signifying practices. London: Sage, pp. 13-74.

Foucault, Michel. Power/Knowledge. 1980. New York: Vintage Books

Foucault, Michel. 1990. "The history of sexuality: An introduction, volume I." Trans. Robert Hurley. New York: Vintage Books (the part on power, pp. 92-98) 

Longhurst, Brian, Greg Smith, Gaynor Bagnall, Garry Crawford, Miles Ogborn, Elaine Baldwin, and Scott McCracken. 2017 (3rd ed). Introducing Cultural Studies. London: Routledge. 

Meenakshi Gigi Durham and Douglas M. Kellner (eds). 2006. Media and Cultural Studies: Keyworks. Malden, MA: Blackwell. Available online at https://we.riseup.net/assets/102142/appadurai.pdf.

Marx, Karl and Engels, Friedrich, The ruling class and the ruling ideas (1)

Gramsci, Antonio, History of the subaltern classes; The concept of ideology; Cultural themes: Ideological material(2)

Althusser, Louis, Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses (6)

Garnham, Nicholas, Contribution to a Political economy of mass-communication (15)


Further suggested reading

Ashcroft, Bill, and Pal Ahluwalia. 2001. Edward Said. London: Routledge.

Morris, Rosalind (ed). 2010. Can the subaltern speak?: Reflections on the history of an idea. New York: Columbia University Press.

Cammaerts, Bart, Alice Mattoni, and Patrick McCurdy (eds). 2013. Mediation and protest movements. Bristol: Intellect Books.

Couldry, Nick. 2000. The place of media power: pilgrims and witnesses of the media age. London: Routledge. 

Couldry, Nick. 2012. Media, society, world: social theory and digital media practice. Cambridge: Polity. 

Dahlgren, Peter. 2013. The political web: Media, participation and alternative democracy. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 

Doudaki, Vaia, and Angeliki Boubouka. 2020. Discourses of Legitimation in the News: The Case of the Economic Crisis in Greece. Oxon; New York: Routledge.

Fraser, Nancy. 1989. Unruly practices: Power, discourse, and gender in contemporary social theory. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Fuchs, Christian. 2014. Social media: a critical introduction. London: Sage Publications. 

Jameson, Fredric. 2006. ‘Postmodernism, or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism’. In Meenakshi Gigi Durham and Douglas M. Kellner (eds). 2006. Media and Cultural Studies: Keyworks. Malden, MA: Blackwell. Chapter 29. 

Jenkins, Henry, Mizuko Ito, danah boyd. 2016. Participatory culture in a networked era: A conversation on youth, learning, commerce, and politics. Cambridge: Polity Press.

McPhail, Thomas L. 2014 (4th edition). Global Communication theories, stakeholders and trends. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.

McRobbie, Angela. 2006. ‘Feminism, Postmodernism and the ‘Real Me’’. In Meenakshi Gigi Durham and Douglas M. Kellner (eds). Media and Cultural Studies: Keyworks. Malden, MA: Blackwell. Chapter 30.

Said, Edward W. 1991/1978. Orientalism: Western conceptions of the Orient. London: Penguin Books.

Spivak, Gayatri. 1996. The Spivak Reader: Selected Works of Gayati Chakravorty Spivak (edited by Donna Landry and Gerald MacLean). New York; London: Routledge.

Thompson, John. 1995. The media and modernity: a social theory of the media. Cambridge: Polity Press. 

Torfing, Jacob. 2003. New Theories of Discourse. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers

Van Brussel, Leen, Nico Carpentier and Benjamin De Cleen. 2019. Communication and Discourse Theory. Bristol: Intellect

Van Dijck, José. 2013. The culture of connectivity: a critical history of social media. New York: Oxford University Press.

Williams, Raymond. 1983. Culture and Society, 1780-1950. New York: Columbia University Press.

Metody výuky - angličtina
Poslední úprava: doc. Vagia Doudaki, D.Phil., Ph.D. (29.10.2022)


The course combines a series of lectures and seminars, with independent guided study.

Požadavky ke zkoušce - angličtina
Poslední úprava: doc. Vagia Doudaki, D.Phil., Ph.D. (29.10.2022)


§  Lecture on selected theory/concept

Each student will select a theory, theoretical debate, or concept/set of concepts related to their doctoral project, preferably pertaining to culture, ideology or power.

The student will deliver an oral presentation, in the form of a short lecture, introducing the selected theory/concept/debate. 


§  Short notes on fellow students’ lectures

Students need to submit a very brief note for each lecture.


§  Written essay on selected theory/concept

Each student will submit a written essay on their selected theory/concept/debate.


Selection of theory/concept and lecture

Students select their theory/concept by 22 February and submit it in the forum area of Moodle, together with a short annotation.

A clustering of the lectures, based on thematic/conceptual/theoretical affinity will be attempted, to the degree that this is possible.

 Rescheduling of the lectures will not be possible. Still, if under special circumstances there is strong need to have a lecture rescheduled, students will have to find themselves a fellow student to switch slots, and inform the course lecturer in advance. 

Each student will have approximately 15 minutes for their lecture.

Students are expected to accompany their lecture with a PowerPoint (or other visual aid) and submit it in Moodle, after the lecture.


 Short notes on fellow students’ lectures

Students need to take notes on each lecture and submit a very brief note, addressing the following:

§  Was the lecture structured logically?

§  Was the main theory and concepts explained in a clear fashion?

§  Was the selected theory’s relevance for the student’s doctoral project, explained?

§  What will you keep from this lecture? What was interesting, intriguing, useful, new, to you?

The notes shall be submitted within one week after each lecture, in Moodle.


   Written essay     

Each student will select a theory, theoretical debate, or concept/set of concepts related to their doctoral project, preferably pertaining to culture, ideology or power, and write an essay on their selected theory/concept/debate.

If the theory/concept/debate is broad (e.g., culture, ideology, power, identity) the student can choose a subfield, theoretical approach or angle.

The essay shall present the main literature, structured around the main theoretical approaches or debates related to the selected theory/concept.

The essay shall argue for the relevance of the selected theory/concept for the student’s doctoral project.

References to at least ten relevant academic sources of literature, should be included. The essay should include a complete list of references. Students can choose their preferred (in-text and end-list) reference style (e.g., APA, Chicago, Harvard), but they should be consistent in its implementation.

Essay length: 2,500 words (±10%, excluding title page, table of contents, references and appendices). 

The essay should be submitted by 30.5.2022.


Course rules and requirements

§  The rules about plagiarism apply to all assignments. The students’ written assignments will be checked for plagiarism.

§  Assignments should be delivered on time. No late assignments will be accepted. Exceptions regarding the submission deadlines may apply only in the case of important health/family issues. In these cases, the course teacher should be informed before the assignments’ deadlines. Proof regarding the reason of absence/delay may be requested (e.g., a doctor’s note).

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