The course information as follows may be subject to change, either during the session because of unforeseen circumstances, or following review of the course at the end of the session. Questions about the course should be directed to the course instructor.


Course Title

Culture, Art and Society

ECTS Credits



Teaching Language


Instructor(s), Affiliation


To be confirmed

Delivery Method

Lectures and Discussions



Independent Study Hours








Pre-requisites or Other Academic Requirements

No prior subject knowledge is required to study this course, but students are expected to have a keen interest in the subject area.


Course Overview

This course introduces students to a broad range of topics concerning British “Culture, Art and Society” drawing on theories in the humanities and social sciences to deepen their understanding of UK culture in particular and western culture and society in general. This course provides a platform for future interdisciplinary study helping students to understand the complex arguments regarding the nature of modern social life as well as the relations between culture, art and society.

During the course, students will go on local field guided visits to Makespace Oxford, Homeless Oxfordshire, Oxford University Colleges in order for students to experience first-hand different communities that make up British society and culture and how local organisations and institutions engage with diversity.

Learning Outcomes

On completing this course students will:

       • Gain a better understanding of UK culture, society, art, religion, politics, and diverse communities.

       • Develop an awareness of social and ethical issues that culture users and practitioners may face.

       • Examine current and future trends in culture, art and society and how they are changing in the 21st century.

       • Understand the relationship between culture, art and society on a basic theoretical level.

       • Understand different perspectives and contexts, including cultural identities, social institutions, cultural values and their relationships with society;

       • Be able to link theory to the practical reality of cultural phenomenon in the community.

       • Articulate why and how some varieties of social norms are more highly valued than others;

       • Develop understanding of the fundamental methodologically comparative qualitative research designs in the social sciences;

       • Undertake small-scale research, with a focus on the relationship on the culture, art and society in the community.

       • Engage productively and respectfully with their peers.


The final assignment is a presentation on a project done in groups of 4-5 students, 100% of the final grade.

Grading System

Letter Grading