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Culture & Theory

Engage in workshops and classes that will challenge you to become both a consumer and critic of culture, gaining an understanding of how culture is formed and the impact it has on people’s lives.

Why is culture significant? Through the specialization in Culture and Theory you will investigate the influence of culture and the power of multimedia, two skills that in our world of tweeting Presidents and online crowdfunding campaigns that raise millions in only days seem more important than ever. Challenge yourself to take a big picture approach to look at how gender and sexuality, the body, globalization, technology, and ethics and law are represented and repressed socially and culturally, and how we can get caught in ideological traps.


Students who have fulfilled the requirements for a single- or joint-major degree in Cultural Studies may graduate with a Specialization if they have successfully completed 4.0 CUST credits in the chosen Specialization category. The same course may not simultaneously count toward two or more Specializations.

  • CUST 1500H: Introduction to the Study of Modern Culture
  • CUST 2016Y: Introduction to Visual Studies
  • CUST 2035Y/2535H: Media and Society
  • CUST 2045Y: Music and Society
  • CUST-WMST 2065Y: Sex / Sexuality / Sexual Difference
  • CUST-INDG 2300Y: Introduction to Key Concepts and Issues in Post-Colonial Theory
  • CUST 2527H: Surrealism and the Languages of Narrative
  • CUST 2551H: Popular Culture and Modern Thought: Ideology, Language
  • CUST 2552H: Popular Culture and Modern Thought: Gender, Globalization, and the Virtual
  • CUST 2560H/2060Y: The Making of the Modern Body
  • CUST 2572H: Workshop: Performance and Protest
  • CUST 3029Y: Utopia (Future Fiction)
  • CUST 3087Y: Community-Based Research Project
  • CUST-WMST 3250H: Queer Feminisms
  • CUST 3531H: Mass Media and War
  • CUST-IDST 3532H/3032Y: Issues in Global Media
  • CUST 3550H: Studies in Cultural Theory
  • CUST 3556H/3056Y: Place Matters – Art, Letters, and Landscape
  • CUST-POST 3570Y/3571H: Cultural Politics
  • CUST 3580H/3080Y: Text and Image
  • CUST 3900Y/3901H/3902H: Reading Course
  • CUST 4010Y/4020D: Honours Thesis
  • CUST 4035Y: Contemporary Topics in Media Studies
  • CUST 4041Y/4541H: Internship in Media and Cultural Studies
  • CUST 4173H: Workshop: Adaptation and Performance
  • CUST-WMST 4250: Queer Feminisms
  • CUST 4515H/4015Y: Art Culture Theory
  • CUST 4522H: Advanced Topics in Narrative: Handcuffed to (Literary) History
  • CUST 4529H/4029Y: Advanced Studies in Science Fiction
  • CUST-POST 4538H: Media Ecologies
  • CUST 4550H: Advanced Studies in Cultural Theory
  • CUST 4565H: Psychoanalysis and Cultural Studies
  • CUST 4580H/4080Y: Text and Image
  • CUST 4586H: Cinema in the Digital Age
  • CUST 4900Y/4901H/4902H: Reading Course

Degrees Offered:

  • B.A.
  • B.A. (Honours)


  • Peterborough

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  • Make contributions to the community while gaining hands-on research experience through a Community-Based Research Project.
  • Work one-on-one with your professor by taking a reading course.
  • Get an in-depth, practical understanding of topics including Performance & Protest and Adaptation & Performance through workshops led by practicing artists.
  • Get real world work experience through a fourth-year internship.
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"What I enjoy most about the Cultural Studies program is the way that you can learn all of the theoretical stuff behind all these things that are all around us that you might not really know is happening, but you also get the hands on feel of workshops and learning how to use practical technology such as digital audio work stations, filing, video editing, camera work, all that kind of stuff."

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  • Events Planner
  • Game Creator
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  • Communications Specialist
  • Journalist
  • Cultural Critic

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