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Department of Communication and Cultural Studies
Department of Cultural Studies
Introduction

Overview

The Department of Cultural Studies offers an MPhil in Cultural Studies. This program aims to balance theoretical issues and debates in Cultural and Heritage Studies with conceptual and analytical aspects of both visual and material culture. It provides students with an opportunity to examine the concept of “culture” in its many facets through time, thereby developing the analytical and critical tools to formulate new and revealing readings of Pakistani society.

Through a combination of coursework and independent research, the MPhil program offers students a broad and rigorous grounding in the analysis of culture, comprehension and the use of the past, and an integration of various cultural and artistic forms. Students will be introduced to the exploration of the Pakistani cultural realm as a critical channel to address questions of identity politics, globalization and development, religion, and the inter-cultural role of “heritage”, museum and art.

Goals

• To develop a body of scholarship and research in the discipline of Cultural Studies in Pakistan, that will be able to theorize the forces that shape the lived reality of     the 21st century.
• To sensitize institutions and professionals in the domains of development, public service, media, academia, and museums, to deep and multilayered cultural and     heritage understanding through research that supplies a variety of analytical skills.

The MPhil in Cultural Studies is designed for students whose interests cut across traditional modes of study in the arts, humanities and social sciences and who seek to understand the meanings of the past in our contemporary culture. Course requirements are designed to build competence in interdisciplinary cultural studies theory and practice simultaneously allowing students to develop disciplinary fluency in a particular subfield.


Programme Structure


Total Number of Credits

36

Taught Subjects (Credits)

30

Thesis (Research & Design Credits)

06

Total Number of Semesters

04

Semester Duration

18 Weeks

Classwork

16 Weeks

Testing and Evaluation

02 Weeks

Course Load /Semester

9-12 Credits


Semester 1

No. Courses Contact Hours Studio / Theory Credit Hours
1

Cultural Studies I

3

Theory

3

2

Global Ideas and Theories I

3

Theory

3

3

Academic Writing

2

Theory

2

4

South Asian Visual Culture

2

Theory

2

Total

10


Semester 2

No. Courses Contact Hours Studio / Theory Credit Hours
1

Cultural Studies II

3

Theory

3

2

Global Ideas and Theories II

3

Theory

3

3

Research Methods and Writing

3

Theory

3

4

South Asian Material Culture

2

Theory

2

Total

11


Semester 3

No. Courses Contact Hours Studio / Theory Credit Hours
1

Cultural Studies III

3

Theory

3

2

Proposal Writing

2

Theory

2

3

Elective I

2

Theory

2

4

Elective II

2

Theory

2

Total

9


Semester 4


No Course Title Credit Hours
1

A student will conduct research under supervision and will be required to produce a written thesis by the end of the semester.

6

Total

6



Cultural Studies I, II, & III

This course brings together some of the foundational elements of Cultural Theory and Cultural Studies with the aim of acquainting students with an interdisciplinary perspective that views culture as an unfinished project, where engaging with culture is a critical practice with a “democratizing intent.”

Global Ideas and Theories I & II

This course will expose students to salient texts and ideas that have laid the foundation for the critical discourse of culture and society. Students would learn to grasp the theoretical underpinnings of the modern mind by placing influential ideas and systems of thought in cultural and historical contexts.

South Asian Visual Culture & South Asian Material Culture

The course is designed to provide students with a cricital insight into the visual and material culture of South Aisa from 1857 till present. It will investigate the nuances of art, architecture, and design that were in constant flux because of local and foreign invasions under the British Raj. The students will be exposed to the context required to understand the global position and practices of contemporary South Asian art. Student will be enabled to use this historical frame to develop a critical methodology when engaging with South Asian visual culture.

Research Methodology and Writing

The course intends to provide students with tools and techniques to carry out a variety of data collection, analyses and interpretation as may be useful when developing a social sciences/humanities and research project.

Academic Writing

Students will be introduced to the fundamental aspects of academic writing. This course will teach students to apply the tools of academic writing to express complex ideas and to study different writing approaches in academia.

Proposal Writing

This course guides students through the process of identifying a thesis topic, designing an approach and research plan, and writing a research proposal for their theses. Regular peer workshops aid the students in editing their own drafts as well as providing a critical outlook on the work of their peers.

Thesis Research and Writing

Students undertake independent research and writing on a topic of their choice with the supervision of the program’s faculty.

Entry/Admission Requirements of the Program

The MPhil Program in Cultural Studies is ideally suited for individuals with a proven interest in investigating, analyzing and writing about visual culture in the contemporary and the historical context and in its many forms.

Candidates for admission must meet the following criteria:

• Completion of 16 years of education or 4 year education (124 credit hours) after HSSC/F.A./F.Sc/Grade12 or equivalent will be required for admission in the    MPhil/Master.
• Submission of relevant published or unpublished written work, or research in other media.
• Submission of Personal Statement showing aspirations and future goals of the candidate.
• Evidence of excellence in theoretical courses during their previous studies.
• Passing a written aptitude test at par with GRE (General) and GRE (Subject) to demonstrate ability of comprehension and written expression of both visual and    the text.
• Appearance for an interview before the admissions committee.


Examination Rules

1. In most of the courses, the students will be required to work on assignments and presentations which will count for 50% of the total marks. By the end of semester each student will be required to write a research paper (3000-5000 words) which will carry 50% of the total marks. Some of the courses will include assignments/presentations which will be progressively marked. The research paper will be assessed according to the following criteria:

• Knowledge and Understanding of the Subject
• Writing Skills
• Analytical Skills
• Research Skills

2. By the end of the programme, students will be required to write a dissertation (15000-20000 words) in Chicago Style, which will be assessed by external examiners on the basis of following criteria:

• Knowledge and Understanding of the Subject
• Writing Skills
• Analytical Skills
• Research Skills

  • Prof. Dr. Farida Batool

Prof. Dr.Farida Batool
Programme Director
Master (Research) in Art History and Theory,
University of New South Wales, Australia
PhD Media and Film Studies, School
of Oriental and African Studies,UK

  • Shaila Bhatti
    Dr. Shaila Bhatti

Dr. Shaila Bhatti
Associate Professor
MA Museum Ethnography University College, London, UK
PhD in Anthropology University College, London, UK

  • Ms. Saher Sohail
    Ms. Saher Sohail

Ms. Saher Sohail
Assistant Professor
MA History and Theory of Contemporary Art
San Francisco Art Institute, USA



  • Amina Ejaz
    Amina Ejaz

Amina Ejaz
Assistant Professor
MA History of Arts and Display
University of Edinburgh, UK

  • Ammara Khalid
    Ammara Khalid

Ammara Khalid
Lecturer
BA, LCWU
Master in Mass Communication, LCWU
M.Phil Communication Studies, Punjab University

  • Gul Mehreen Rehman
    Gul Mehreen Rehman

Gul Mehreen Rehman
Lecturer
MA Anthropology of Media
SOAS University of London

  • Naeem Dilpul
    Naeem Dilpul

Naeem Dilpul
Lecturer
B Linguistics, Quad-e-Azam University
M.Phil/Master of Applied Linguistics UMT

  • Sehr Jalil
    Sehr Jalil

Sehr Jalil
Lecturer
BFA, National College of Arts
MA Visual Art, National College of Arts

  • Zohreen Murtaza
    Zohreen Murtaza

Zohreen Murtaza
Lecturer
BFA, National College of Arts
MA Visual Art, National College of Arts

         Adjunct Faculty

  • Dr. Ayesha Pamela Rogers
  • Visiting Professor
    MA Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Birmingham, UK
    PhD Archaeology Institute of Archaeology, University College London, UK

  • Mr. Awais Mehmood
  • MPhil in Philosophy GC University, Lahore

         Overseas Faculty

  • Dr. Wasim Jurgen Frembgen
  • Adjunct Professor at the
    Institute of Near and
    Middle Eastern Studies, Ludwig-
    Maximilians-University Munich.

  • Dr. Anna Suvorova
  • Professor of Indo-Islamic Culture
    Columbia University,
    Department of Asian Literatures

  • Richard Engelhardt
  • Honorary UNESCO Chair Holder
    MA – PhD, Anthropology and
    Archaeology, Harvard University, USA

  • Dr. Dina Bangdel
  • Director, Art History
    VCU Qatar, and Virginia
    Commonwealth University, USA

  • Professor Christopher Pinney
  • Professor of Anthropology and
    Visual Culture of University
    College London, UK