Cultural Perspectives on Politics

7.5 credits

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Politics involves meaning: how human beings think, speak and feel about who they are, the kind of societies in which they live, and how those societies should be governed. Many current challenges to democracy – the rise and spread of xenophobic populism, waning political participation, democratic responses to climate change – are dependent on how citizens and political leaders conceive of the challenges in question. Yet this kind of socially and culturally constructed and mediated meaning has not been the focus of dominant approaches in political science.

This course introduces cultural perspectives on politics, including theoretical and empirical work in and around political science, cultural sociology and cultural studies, as well as literary fiction and non-fiction with political life in focus. In the course students will get to know and compare different theoretical and methodological approaches, and use these to identify and analyze political phenomena from a cultural perspective.

Växjö

Roughly 15 minutes with a bike from the city centre, you will find Linnaeus University’s campus. It is like a small society with the university, student accommodation, and student life. Here you become part of a creative knowledge environment.

What will you come across on an excursion in Växjö – the city of contrasts? You will find good restaurants, a celebrated hockey team, and cozy cafés where you can enjoy a latte with lingonberry flavour. In Växjö, beautiful nature is always just around the corner; the city is surrounded by lakes and forests. Students like the combination of the city centre and the active student life on campus. Your dream of the future starts here!

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