Uusi opinto-opas (sisältäen myös opetusohjelmat) lukuvuodelle 2018-2019 sijaitsee osoitteessa https://opas.peppi.utu.fi . Tältä sivustolta löytyvät enää vanhat opinto-oppaat ja opetusohjelmat.

The new study guide (incl. teaching schedules) for academic year 2018-2019 can be found at https://studyguide.utu.fi. This site contains only previous years' guides.

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Arkistoitu opetusohjelma 2015–2016
Selaat vanhentunutta opetusohjelmaa. Voimassa olevan opetusohjelman löydät täältä.
Postcolonial Theory and Media Culture - from King Kong to Laverne Cox 5 ECTS
Period I Period II Period II Period IV
Language of instruction
Type or level of studies
Advanced studies
Course unit descriptions in the curriculum
Master's Degree Pathway in Popular Culture Studies
School of History, Cultural Research and Art Studies

General description

Can be used for study modules:

  • Media Studies: S3, Project Studies; A2, Perspectives in Media Studies
  • Popular Culture Studies: S3
  • Kotimainen  kirjallisuus   A3.2d. : KOTK1703 Jälkikolonialismi ja kirjallisuuden ylirajaisuus 3  op
  • Yleinen kirjallisuustiede (5 op):
    A6./S6.: YKIR3035 Valinnaisopintoja
    A7: YKIR3071  Lisäopintoja
    S3.5.: YKIR2207 Postikoloniaalinen ja etninen kirjallisuus
  • Gender Studies: S4 Global and Local II
  • Cultural History: Advanced studies, to be agreed student-specifically.
  • General History: YLHI0618 Mobility and multiculturalism


Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 14 - 16

Place: Media Studies Seminar Room E325


Description: “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” - Audre Lorde, a Caribbean-American thinker and poet


To take Lorde’s thought to the field of media and popular culture studies, our ability to face differences is crucially shaped by inclusions, exclusions and tones in the media. Issues such as multiculturalism, immigration, ethnic and racial “acceptance,” and the divide between the “west” and the “third world” are as acute as ever. Legacies of colonial stereotypes are visible across media cultural landscapes, from black and Latina women’s twerking bottoms in music videos to Hollywood’s tokenism and continued obsession with white (straight male) stories; from online debates and fictional representations of immigration and refugees to food and fashion advertisements.


On the course, these and many other historical and current tendencies are critically examined along with an introduction to postcolonial thought as a theoretical framework to rethink questions of difference and otherness. Through culturally and historically varying examples from Hollywood to Finland, from Senegal to the Arctic, from King Kong to Laverne Cox, we will explore how “race,” ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality intertwine and become marginalized or valued through structures, subject matters, makers and consumers of media. The course also deals with fields of thought overlapping with and related to postcolonial theory, such as critical studies of whiteness, queer of color critique, black feminist thought, and scholarship on transnationality and diaspora, which all share an interest in challenging hegemonic ways of knowing, reading and seeing.


Examination: Lectures, readings, discussions and writing assignments.


Maximum number of students: 25. Priority is given to Media Studies majors, students in the Popular Culture Studies Master’s Degree Pathway, and exchange students. The course runs through 12.1.–8.3.2015. 

Teacher responsible

Katariina Kyrölä