Ultural Studies. Taste: the good, the bad and the ugly.

The learning outcomes stated below are listed in an order that correlates to the assessment sheet, an example of which is shown on the final page. These learning outcomes will be assessed holistically and are not weighted.

Upon successful completion of this unit you will be able to demonstrate:

1. a critical awareness of debates concerning taste

2. an evaluative engagement with, and understanding of, the relevant academic literature

3. critical and analytical skills

4. research and writing skills: the ability to construct an argument, apply theoretical models as analytical tools, and to research and write an essay in an appropriate academic form


EVIDENCE FOR ASSESSMENT: 2000 2500 word essay

Answer the following question:

According to Bourdieu, what seems like an individual practice taste is regulated by the logic of practice and is always a variant of class practice.Lury, C. 1996. Consumer Culture. Cambridge: Polity Press, p.86.

Discuss Bourdieu s term cultural capital, using examples drawn from history or the present to illustrate your argument.
Harvard Reference
Reading list:

Baudrillard, J. 2001. Selected Writings. (ed. Mark Poster). Oxford: Polity

Brooker, P. 2003. A Glossary of Cultural Theory. London: Arnold.

Bourdieu, P. 1984. Distinction: The Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste. London: Routledge

Campbell, C. 2004. I shop therefore I am: the metaphysical basis of modern consumerism”, in Ekstrom, KM & Brembeck, H (eds.) Elusive Consumption. Oxford: Berg

Corrigan, P. 1997. The Sociology of Consumption: An Introduction. London: Sage

Forty, A. 1995. Objects of Desire. London: Thames & Hudson

Jenkins, R. 2002. Pierre Bourdieu London: Routledge

Jones, P.L. 1991. Taste today: The role of appreciation in consumerism and design. Oxford: Pergamon

Korner, S. 1990. ”Kant?s Theory of Aesthetic Tastein Kant. London: Penguin

Milner, A. and Browitt, J. Contemporary Cultural Theory: An Introduction. London: Routledge

Webb, J., Schirato, T., & Danaher, G. 2002. Understanding Bourdieu. London: Sage

Williams, R. 1976. Keywords. London: Fontana