LiU Summer Academy: The Use (and Abuse) of Culture, 7.5 credits

LiU sommarakademi: The Use (and Abuse) of Culture, 7.5 hp


Main field of study

No main field of study

Course level

First cycle

Course type

Single subject course


Eva Hemmungs Wirtén

Course coordinator

Mansi Kashatria


ECV = Elective / Compulsory / Voluntary
Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus ECV
Single subject course (Full-time, Day-time) Summer 2024 202427-202430 English Linköping, Valla

Main field of study

No main field of study

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level


Specific information

The course is given within the framework of the Linköping University Summer Academy and is only open to students from Linköping University's partner universities. The course is on bachelor level and is offered in English.

Entry requirements

To meet the general entry requirements, students must have completed 1 year full-time studies (passed 60 ECTS credits or equivalent) from one of Linköping University’s partner universities.

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the student should be able to:

- account for different theoretical conceptions of culture

- problematize contemporary conditions and challenges for the production of knowledge

- discuss how individuals, groups, and/or public institutions use (and abuse) culture and thereby negotiate larger systems of meanings

Course content

The course explores different perspectives with regards to how culture is constructed, negotiated and consumed. Questions that are discussed are what (un)truths we can find in various expressions of (popular) culture, and how this may affect public institutions, political decision-making and scientific production in contemporary society.

The empirical and theoretical approaches of the course are inter-disciplinary and problem-oriented. Some of the problems highlighted during the course are

- Cultural Heritage and the negotiation of identity politics
- The possible decline of scientific knowledge in public discourse
- The changing role of cultural production in post-industrial society

Notions of knowledge and truth and how this can be studied from a cultural studies perspective are discussed.

Teaching and working methods

The teaching consists of lectures, seminars, and fieldtrips. Homework and independent study are a necessary complement to the course. Language of instruction: English. 


The examination consists of written individual assignment, reflective assignments, and active participation in seminars. Detailed information about the examination can be found in the course’s study guide.




Institutionen för kultur och samhälle
Code Name Scope Grading scale
HEM1 Exercises 4 credits EC
EXA1 Examination 3.5 credits EC
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