Course in Cultural Studies

Top Course Studies in Cultural Studies

There are many types of courses. Courses of study require a set of core curriculum classes to be taken to complete the program. Courses can be taken on an individual basis as well. They typically last one academic term.

What is a course in cultural studies? This field studies the way that culture influences, creates and transforms individual experiences, social relations, power and everyday life. Courses combine the strengths of the social sciences and the humanities while drawing on methods and theories from sociology, history, economics, literary studies, communications studies and cultural anthropology. Courses in cultural studies tend to focus on perspectives and practices in various cultures, including Asian, African, American and Latin regions. They often pay attention to class structure, ideology, ethics, generations and other relevant factors.

Students of cultural studies learn to blend theory with research and are able to understand the people around them better. In addition, students develop international cultural sensibilities, making them more sensitive to differing cultures.

Because courses can be offered by a variety of institutions with varying objectives, costs may not be the same from one institute to the other. If you find a course you are interested in, contact the host for information concerning costs.

Many individuals majoring in cultural studies go on to have successful careers as artists, politicians, professors, lawyers, publishers, government aides and researchers. Strong written and verbal skills tend to make students eligible for jobs as copywriters, librarians, journalists, editors and literary agents. Creative problem-solving skills prepare students for careers as advertising assistants, marketing managers, cinematographers and teachers. The breadth and flexibility of students’ understanding of culture, makes movement among media industries possible.

Many cultural studies courses are available online. The depth and breadth of these courses depend on the university offering them and the overall objective. Introductory courses are a great way to test the waters of a potential field of study. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

 

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International Development Training and Internships

FSD - Foundation for Sustainable Development
Campus Full time September 2017 Bolivia Cochabamba Uganda Kampala Kenya Nairobi Argentina Buenos Aires India Udaipur Nicaragua Managua + 9 more

FSD International Development Internships are an opportunity for students and young professionals to gain hands-on experience in sustainable development and insight into other cultures that can only be obtained through participating in the work on the ground. [+]

Best Course Studies in Cultural Studies 2017. FSD International Development Internships are an opportunity for students and young professionals to gain hands-on experience in sustainable development and insight into other cultures that can only be obtained through participating in the work on the ground. The internships are thoughtfully designed to help you build your career while having a lasting impact on the people in the community in which you serve. Our Development Internships have a strong emphasis on community ownership and follow the principles of Asset-Based Community Development. Interns receive extensive training in sustainable development principles and gain professional skills in project planning and budgeting, program evaluation, community assessment, and proposal writing. Interns apply their new and existing skill sets as they collaborate with their local colleagues on identifying, designing, and implementing a project to benefit the community. OVERVIEW All FSD International Development Internships begin months before an intern's arrival. FSD site teams work with our partner organizations in the community to help them identify priorities and develop internship descriptions. Prospective interns can apply to these specific descriptions after learning about these community development organizations. Once we receive an application, we begin work with our international teams to ensure you are a good match for the program - which includes an interview with our international site team and connecting you to materials that will help you prepare for your travel and internship abroad. When interns arrive in the field, FSD local site teams will lead an in-country orientation, providing each... [-]

GAP YEAR & SEMESTER COURSES

Outward Bound Costa Rica
Campus Full time 65 - 85 days February 2018 Costa Rica San José

Our gap year and semester offerings allow students to learn and master new skills as they venture on challenging expeditions outside of the traditional classroom. [+]

Our gap year and semester courses are ideal for college students and recent high school graduates looking to test their tenacity and cultivate their personal leadership style in the unique tropical wilderness of Costa Rica, Panama, and Nicaragua. Academic credit available for those who apply. We have specifically designed our gap year and semester courses to be different from other outdoor programs, traditional study abroad alternatives, or any travel experience. Join us and see how much you can learn about yourself and the world around you with the tropical rainforests, rivers, and reefs as your classroom. For over 70 years, Outward Bound worldwide has provided high impact, life skills, and leadership development adventures. Tuition includes all room and board, technical gear, course activities, and in-country transportation. START DATE Fall 2017 Outdoor Leader Semester & Coast-to-Coast Semester Spring 2018 Outdoor Leader Semester & Coast-to-Coast Semester [-]

German Language Course

inlingua Salzburg
Campus Full time Open Enrollment Austria Salzburg

This in one of our most popular group courses! Learn German in very small groups (3-6 students, in June, July, August 3-8 students), be fast, be efficient! There is no time to waste, active speaking is key! [+]

Best Course Studies in Cultural Studies 2017. This in one of our most popular group courses! Learn German in very small groups (3-6 students, in June, July, August 3-8 students), be fast, be efficient! There is no time to waste, active speaking is key! With our own material (books, CDs, iOL – inlingua Online Learning, …) you always know where you are, what you are capable of and how fast you progress. Our course books and exercises are developed in accordance with the CEFL level system, so when you are finished with e.g. book 1.1. you know you have reached level A1! [-]

GROUP PROGRAMS

Outward Bound Costa Rica
Campus Full time 1 - 85 days Open Enrollment Costa Rica San José

Our customized group courses are designed to meet the goals of high school, university, and other organizational, social or civic groups. Group courses utilize a wilderness-based classroom, service learning, and cultural immersion to cultivate leadership, team building, and personal growth in a bilingual setting. [+]

Course length ranges from 1-day to multi-week expeditions. Groups must have at least 5 participants and there is no limit to the number of participants overall. Spanish language and culture courses are the core of our organization, revealing a Costa Rica that most will never have the opportunity to experience. Activities range from trekking through remote rainforest with local guides and practicing language skills to making traditional meals alongside homestay families and contributing to sustainable living and conservation efforts. Leadership development courses facilitate experiences that encourage personal growth and team building for outdoor educators, sports teams, and peer leaders alike. Opportunities range from learning and practicing new interpersonal communication skills, and expanding on personal strengths to develop individual leadership styles. Service learning courses provide mutually beneficial experiences that foster communication, awareness, and tolerance among different cultures. Past service projects have included painting or small-scale construction of schools and community centers, installing or maintaining drinking water systems, and sea turtle and other conservation projects. We will build for you and your group, a fully customized program that can include, hiking, surfing, whitewater rafting, kayaking rappelling, scuba diving, tree climbing, zip lining, cultural tours and service projects. [-]

Vienna - European Society & Culture

IES Abroad
Campus Full time 1 - 2 semesters August 2017 Austria Vienna

Offering both English- and German-taught courses, the IES Abroad Vienna European Society & Culture program allows you to study the culture, history, business, and politics of a region that continues to play a major role on the world stage. [+]

Best Course Studies in Cultural Studies 2017. Overview Offering both English- and German-taught courses, the IES Abroad Vienna European Society & Culture program allows you to study the culture, history, business, and politics of a region that continues to play a major role on the world stage. You can also enroll in an internship or field experience, which includes time spent working at your placement in addition to an academic seminar that helps you contextualize what you’re learning. Open to students at all German language levels, our program brings more than 60 years of experience to a variety of unique courses taught by faculty from top European institutions. Courses are clustered into the following topics: German Language European Business, Economics, and Politics Society and Self The Arts With sufficient background in German, you can also enroll in courses at the prestigious Universität Wien, where you experience the Austrian education system and have the option to participate in student activities. Maybe you’ll even make some Austrian friends while you’re at it. Vienna will be your classroom. Can you imagine learning about Freud’s theories of psychoanalysis and then touring his home and the office where he practiced? Or studying politics and international organizations and visiting the UN, the OSCE, or OPEC? How about exploring art history in Vienna’s world-famous galleries and museums? Welcome to study abroad! Wherever possible our courses take advantage of the city’s historical, artistic, and cultural sites and include a hands-on, practical component. We want you to feel at... [-]

Tokyo - Language & Culture

IES Abroad
Campus Full time 1 - 2 semesters August 2017 Japan Tokyo

Expand your understanding of Japan by immersing yourself in contemporary Japan and its culture—and what better way to learn the Japanese language? At Kanda University of International Studies (KUIS), you take a 6-credit language course specially designed for IES Abroad students (with the option of taking up to 12 credits of language), plus area studies courses taught in English. [+]

Overview Tea ceremony, calligraphy, music, dance, and martial arts—Japan is a medley of culture, old and new, that you can explore during your time in Tokyo. Live and learn in this exciting city where the past mingles with the future, and the ultra-modern stands side-by-side with the traditional. Expand your understanding of Japan by immersing yourself in contemporary Japan and its culture—and what better way to learn the Japanese language? At Kanda University of International Studies (KUIS), you take a 6-credit language course specially designed for IES Abroad students (with the option of taking up to 12 credits of language), plus area studies courses taught in English. The English-language course offerings look at Japan from the point of view of popular culture, history, politics, and the arts. Founded in 1987, KUIS is a private university dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in International Studies, Foreign Languages, Intercultural Communication, Japanese Culture, and Linguistics. Tokyo will be your classroom. Visit Tokyo’s traditional hot spots, like the temple at Asakusa, the gardens of the Imperial Palace, and the Meiji Grand Shrine. You can also learn about Tokyo’s younger generations by visiting popular districts like Shibuya, Shinjuku, Akihabara, and Harajuku. We want you to feel at home in Tokyo, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. From housing to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible. Check out our Center newsletter to see what our current... [-]

Siena - Study in Tuscany

IES Abroad
Campus Full time 1 - 2 semesters August 2017 Italy Siena

This program’s required core course, Presence of the Past, makes Siena and Tuscany your classroom through activities that explore important sites in and around the city, introducing you to the beauty of Siena’s cultural and artistic heritage. [+]

Best Course Studies in Cultural Studies 2017. Overview Prepare to be charmed by Siena’s medieval history and rich culture. Located on three hills in the heart of the enchanting Tuscan countryside, this ancient city’s historical center has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once you arrive, it’s easy to see why. This program’s required core course, Presence of the Past, makes Siena and Tuscany your classroom through activities that explore important sites in and around the city, introducing you to the beauty of Siena’s cultural and artistic heritage. Explore the many piazzas, cathedrals, and squares inside Siena’s city walls that harken back to the Middle Ages. This isn’t just an exhibit at a museum—this is where you live. While you’re in Siena, you not only have time to see the sites, but also to interact with Italians and immerse yourself in the local culture. With an integrated curriculum of English- and Italian-taught courses led by Italian faculty, IES Abroad Siena offers you the opportunity to enhance your Italian language skills no matter what your proficiency level. Take advantage of student life in Siena as you participate in Università degli Studi di Siena-sponsored activities and enjoy the libraries, cafeterias, and WiFi in university buildings throughout the city. You may be able to take courses alongside local students at the university if you are at an advanced Italian language level or meet the course prerequisites to take English-taught Business and Economics courses. We want you to feel at home in Siena,... [-]

Salamanca - Study in Salamanca

IES Abroad
Campus Full time 1 - 2 semesters September 2017 Spain Salamanca

If you’re looking for a Spanish program that is fully immersive, our program in Salamanca is for you. In addition to an intensive Spanish language orientation and semester-long Spanish course, there are Spanish language writing, speaking, and theater workshops to bring your coursework to life. [+]

Overview Combine the atmosphere of a university town and the charming hospitality of a small city and you have Salamanca. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988, Salamanca is the most important university city in Spain and is known for its contributions to Spanish language education. If you’re looking for a Spanish program that is fully immersive, our program in Salamanca is for you. In addition to an intensive Spanish language orientation and semester-long Spanish course, there are Spanish language writing, speaking, and theater workshops to bring your coursework to life. The program is also linked to the academic and social life of the Universidad de Salamanca (USAL), the oldest university in Spain and one of the most prestigious in Europe. Learn alongside your Spanish peers by enrolling at USAL or the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca (UPSA). Regardless of your major, you may combine your interests in linguistic and cultural proficiency with your academic pursuits. You can contribute to a local organization by participating in an education internship in the spring semester or a service learning experience at a local not-forprofit organization in the fall semester. If exploring a bigger metropolitan city and connecting to a major international airport for travels throughout Spain and beyond interest you, travel to Madrid on the new high speed train in just 90 minutes. Salamanca will be your classroom. Get involved in activities like soccer games and language exchange gatherings with local students, movie nights, salsa and flamenco dance lessons, and local theater... [-]

Rome - Language & Area Studies

IES Abroad
Campus Full time 1 - 2 semesters September 2017 Italy Rome

Whether you take all of your area studies courses in one theme or mix and match courses from multiple, Rome will be your classroom. Can you imagine places like the Vatican, the Pantheon, the Forum, or the Colosseum being part of your education? [+]

Best Course Studies in Cultural Studies 2017. Overview Explore Italian language, history, and culture when you study abroad in Rome. Customize your experience by selecting courses from our six academic themes: Art History Early Childhood Education Film Studies History & Classics International Relations Sociology & Religious Studies Whether you take all of your area studies courses in one theme or mix and match courses from multiple, Rome will be your classroom. Can you imagine places like the Vatican, the Pantheon, the Forum, or the Colosseum being part of your education? Our courses are experiential in nature, and we organize more than 150 course-related excursions each semester to historic, artistic, and cultural sites that take advantage of the city’s many opportunities. No matter your current level of Italian language proficiency, this program is for you as you enroll in a required language course at your level. If you have four or more semesters of Italian language, you can enroll in our Advanced Italian Studies Program, which is designed to be a full immersion experience including Italian-taught courses, an Italian-only language pledge, and more. Immerse yourself into Roman life by living with an Italian Student Companion (ISC)—a local university student who becomes your host and a resource to help you make the most of living and learning in Rome. Take advantage of the opportunity to add international work experience to your résumé while earning credit by participating in an internship, social action, or archaeology placement and accompanying academic seminar. Experience the Italian... [-]

Paris - French Studies

IES Abroad
Campus Full time 1 - 2 semesters September 2017 France Paris

This program combines rigorous study of the French language at an advanced level with a broad range of classes taught in French by accomplished faculty. You can also experience what life is like for French students by taking one or more courses at a local university—we have five options you can choose from. [+]

Overview With its grand boulevards, world-famous monuments, unparalleled literary and artistic history, and its simple joie de vivre, Paris is a city that will change you forever. The Paris of today is a multifaceted and multicultural metropolis that offers a doorway to the cultures of the world. It teems with populations from former French colonies like Senegal and Morocco, with Asian and European immigrants, and with business people and scientists from around the globe. This program combines rigorous study of the French language at an advanced level with a broad range of classes taught in French by accomplished faculty. You can also experience what life is like for French students by taking one or more courses at a local university—we have five options you can choose from. Free tutoring is available if you need help with the transition to higher education in France. You can also add international work experience to your résumé while earning credit by participating in an internship placement and accompanying academic seminar. Paris will also be your classroom. This program facilitates full immersion in the French language and French society through a varied and dynamic academic program, excellent homestays, cultural activities, internships, and conversation clubs. In addition, faculty members integrate course-related excursions into all courses. We organize many cultural events around Paris to help you familiarize yourself with the city and its culture. Enjoy plays at the Comédie Française, visits to the Louvre and Picasso museums, performances at the Opéra Garnier, and classical music concerts at... [-]

Oxford Direct Enrollment - St. Catherine's College

IES Abroad
Campus Full time 1 - 2 semesters September 2017 United Kingdom Oxford

Our program offers you the opportunity to directly enroll in St. Catherine’s College, one of the 38 self-governing colleges that together make up the University of Oxford. In 2013, the University of Oxford ranked as the 4th best university in the world, according to Times Higher Education. [+]

Best Course Studies in Cultural Studies 2017. Overview Imagine yourself sitting in class, listening to your professor lecturing about Shakespeare’s plays or Winston Churchill’s policies. But you’re not at your home university—you’re learning in England, where these famous figures lived. This is your chance to study at one of the most renowned universities in the world: the University of Oxford. Our program offers you the opportunity to directly enroll in St. Catherine’s College, one of the 38 self-governing colleges that together make up the University of Oxford. In 2013, the University of Oxford ranked as the 4th best university in the world, according to Times Higher Education. Enjoy studying at one of the oldest universities in the world—teaching existed here in some form as early as 1096. Today, Oxford has a total student population of more than 21,000, with more than 140 nationalities represented in its student body, and is a renowned seat of learning and tradition. The student body at the University of Oxford is diverse, as well as its professors—about 40% of the University’s academic staff are citizens of countries other than the United Kingdom. You have the opportunity to attend St. Catherine’s College for the fall semester, spring/summer term, or the full academic year. Like all Oxford colleges, St. Catherine’s utilizes the tutorial education system. This allows you to select a highly personalized course of study, based on previous coursework at your home institution and your academic interests. You meet with a tutor on a regular basis,... [-]

Milan - Italy Today

IES Abroad
Campus Full time 1 - 2 semesters August 2017 Italy Milan

Ciao! Pack your bags and get ready to indulge your creative side in this modern city that is known for its world-class art, architecture, design, business and finance activities, and fashion. Absorb all that Milan has to offer through IES Abroad Milan’s wide variety of courses, internships, and cultural activities. [+]

Overview Ciao! Pack your bags and get ready to indulge your creative side in this modern city that is known for its world-class art, architecture, design, business and finance activities, and fashion. Absorb all that Milan has to offer through IES Abroad Milan’s wide variety of courses, internships, and cultural activities. No matter what level of Italian you speak, we invite you to study here and experience Milan’s rich culture. You will be placed in an IES Abroad Italian language course that’s been designed for you based on your language level. Our Italy Today Program also offers courses in liberal arts and social sciences, all of which address aspects of contemporary Italian society. Courses are taught by highly qualified experts in their fields. You also have the opportunity to take courses at one of six local universities. Two partner institution courses are included in the cost of the Italy Today Program. Milan will be your classroom. Only in Milan can you marvel at the grandeur of the Duomo, see the artistic detail of Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” in person, find classical manuscripts at the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, and feel the pulse of this world fashion capital by strolling through the designers’ retail heaven known as the “quadrilatero della moda.” From visiting the spectacular infrastructure created for the World Expo of 2015, hosted in Milan, to surveying Italian design and fashion, you'll explore the innovative nature of this city. We want you to feel at home in Milan so we... [-]

London Direct Enrollment - SOAS, University of London

IES Abroad
Campus Full time 1 - 2 semesters September 2017 United Kingdom London

This is your chance to live and learn alongside students from the UK and around the world by directly enrolling at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (SOAS). [+]

Best Course Studies in Cultural Studies 2017. Overview There is something irresistible about London. Maybe it’s the sights like Big Ben or the Tower Bridge that already feel familiar. Or the international character that is evident in every neighborhood, where people of different cultural, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds live and work together. Whatever it is that has drawn you to London, don’t look back now—London awaits! This is your chance to live and learn alongside students from the UK and around the world by directly enrolling at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (SOAS). IES Abroad London is dedicated to enhancing your study abroad experience with superior student services and opportunities to fully experience life in London. Our staff in London will help you make the most of your experience abroad. London will be your classroom. Involvement in the local community or a student club enriches your learning experiences and provides excellent opportunities for cultural integration. We want you to feel at home in England, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in London. Our housing options provide you opportunities to meet and make new friends, while our cultural events familiarize you with the city of London. Quick Facts Center: IES Abroad London City: London Country: England Program Credits: 16 per semester Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisites: None Program Dates After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking... [-]

Dublin - Irish Studies

IES Abroad
Campus Full time 1 - 2 semesters September 2017 Ireland Dublin

In this program, you learn about Irish culture through courses in the humanities and social sciences that focus on themes of tradition, change, and identity in modern Ireland. Writing and literature courses tap into the rich artistic history of Ireland, and you may also choose to participate in an internship or service learning placement to complement your classroom learning. [+]

Overview Rich in culture and pride, modern Dublin is a vibrant city with more than half of its population under the age of 25. This colorful, cosmopolitan city is home to a world-class art scene and is known for its literature and famous writers, such as George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, and Samuel Beckett. In this program, you learn about Irish culture through courses in the humanities and social sciences that focus on themes of tradition, change, and identity in modern Ireland. Writing and literature courses tap into the rich artistic history of Ireland, and you may also choose to participate in an internship or service learning placement to complement your classroom learning. Dublin will also be your classroom. Explore the city’s well-known landmarks such as the River Liffey, St. Stephen’s Green, the Dublin Castle, and the Garden of Remembrance. Everything you do is part of your learning experience that helps you complete the picture of what Ireland has been through–and where it’s going. We want you to feel at home in Dublin, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city, from internships to cultural activities. Our orientation introduces you to this beautiful capital and helps you get to know your classmates and our staff. After you’ve created a home base, field trips introduce you to other regions of the country to help you make the most out of your study abroad experience. Quick Facts Center: IES Abroad Dublin City: Dublin Country: Ireland... [-]

Berlin - Metropolitan Studies

IES Abroad
Campus Full time 1 semester September 2017 Germany Berlin

Using Berlin as a case study, this English-taught program examines issues relevant to major cities today. Through comparative and interdisciplinary courses, you study topics such as architecture, cultural identity, gender and sexual politics, multiculturalism, popular culture, and urban studies to better understand the development of the city and its culture. [+]

Best Course Studies in Cultural Studies 2017. Overview Stroll through the streets of Berlin and around one corner you’ll see soaring modern buildings that incorporate cutting-edge sustainable technology. Around the next corner, you’ll see art galleries, cafés, and shops lining old cobblestone streets. As a city that has been built and rebuilt over the past century, Berlin remains a city of contrasts—and of innovation. Come and study abroad in Berlin, and experience the energy and excitement of this amazing city. Using Berlin as a case study, this English-taught program examines issues relevant to major cities today. Through comparative and interdisciplinary courses, you study topics such as architecture, cultural identity, gender and sexual politics, multiculturalism, popular culture, and urban studies to better understand the development of the city and its culture. Berlin will also be your classroom. Imagine touring Berlin’s neighborhoods and exploring the city’s architecture as you learn about metropolitan development and urban planning. Or attending and then discussing a local theater event as part of your pop culture class. Wherever possible, our courses take advantage of the city’s many historical, artistic, and cultural sites, and several courses include a hands-on, practical component. In addition, your learning is enhanced by extended course-related trips to Paris, France, or St. Petersburg, Russia, that provide a comparative context for your studies. In these cities, you tour neighborhoods, visit museums, attend lectures, and meet with local university professors to discuss the topics you’re learning about. We want you to feel at home in Berlin,... [-]