Checking date: 26/04/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Ethics and Culture
Bachelor in Cultural Studies (Plan: 435 - Estudio: 364)

Coordinating teacher: VELASCO ARIAS, GONZALO

Department assigned to the subject: Humanities: Philosophy, Language, Literature Theory Department

Type: Basic Core
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Branch of knowledge: Arts and Humanities

Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
18363. Philosophy through History and Culture 18359. Cultural Anthropologl
Identify the main historical approaches to the relationship between ethics and culture. To understand the main theoretical approaches to the relationship between ethics and culture. To analyse the relevance of the concept of "identity" for understanding contemporary social conflict. To understand and assess the main demands for cultural recognition in the history of the 20th and 21st centuries. Learn to write critical social theory from a situated point of view. Understand and apply concepts related to epistemic injustice, intersectionality theory, race and gender studies.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
The relationship between ethical reflection and culture is far from clear and peaceful. After the process of rationalization of modernity, (from the seventeenth century onwards), philosophy has tended to decouple the problems associated with morality from their possible cultural determination. However, the successive crises associated with rationalization as well as the current theoretical criticisms of liberalism have revealed the importance of cultural frameworks for our moral orientation. Therefore, the first aim of this course will be to set the theoretical base both for this criticism and the link between cultural identity and moral orientation. Having considered the link between morality and culture the political problem of recognition inevitably arises. The student must acquire an understanding of the intellectual tradition that has theorized about the problem of recognition, and how it is connected with the controversies generated by the politics of identity: from the debate on multiculturalism and the criticism of colonialism, passing through the understanding of new hybrid and intersectional forms of identity. Likewise, the course will deal with thematization of how culture can become an obstacle to the moral autonomy of subjects: either due to the colonization of common sense by discourses that consolidate established power relations (ideology, hegemony), or because they generate life forms that alienate self-development and the ability to be guided by ethical goals. Each week will focus on one topic, as specified in the schedule below. For each topic, there will be a master session led by Gonzalo Velasco (GV in the schedule bellow) and a seminar led by Teresa Casas (TC). In the seminar we¿ll put into practice methodologies of cultural analysis with special emphasis on autoethnography¿cultural analysis that stems (and transcends) self-narrative. First week Course Presentation. Ethics, culture and yourselves. Course presentation, organization or oral presentations. Introduction: the self as method. Second week Set 13th Critiques of the disengaged self of modernity and contemporary recovering of experience (GV) Self-Knowledge vs Self-help Oral Presentations Class Material: fragments from Return to Reims, Didier Eriborn. El Entusiasmo, Remedios Zafra. Also: I may destroy you, episode 1. Third Week The cultural approach to morality: social order, cooperation, norms (and its transgression) (GV) Theatrum mundi: the ethics of authenticity.. Oral presentation Class material: I may destroy you, episode 9, This is america, by Childish Gambino Fourth week Identity politics and the fight for recognition: emancipatory potential and current critiques (GV) Gender and race in social organization, norms (and it¿s transgression) Oral Presentation Class material: episode from The Handmaid¿s Tale & I am not your negro, Roul Peck Fifth Week Replies to the critiques of identity politics (GV) Recognition or redistribution? Oral presentation Class materials: Get out, by Jordan Peele; episode I may destroy you (pay attention to the relation between Bella and her publisher) Sixth week Situated Knowledge and Intersectionality (GV) Who is the subject of feminism? Class material: TBC Seventh week Giving Account of Oneself: Implication on Structural Injustices (I) (GV) #blacklivesmatter, #sayhername:I am not racist Oral presentations. Class Material: Episode from Insecure Ninth Week Nov 2nd. Retelling myself. Making sense of my experience. Borderlands/la frontera, by Gloria Anzaldúa Ana Mendiea,, Frida Khalo, and I may destroy you Tenth week The voice of the others: attending to testimonies on epistemic injustices. ROOM 14.0.9 12.15 a 13.45h. The web of silence The Assistant, by Kitty Green Episode 4, I may destroy you. Oral presentations. Eleventh week The voice of the others: multiculturalism and decolonial approaches (GV) Who has the right to tell? Observation exercise. I¿ll say more in the days prior to this class. Twelfth week Saying each other in common: epistemic communities as resistance to the experience of harm and injustice (GV) Self-Narrative The Argonauts, by Maggie Nelson Thirteenth week Giving account of oneself on contemporary social pathologies(GV) My epistemic community Oral presentations Class material: episode from It¿s a s Fourteenth week Approach to self-exploration methodologies: autoethnography and autotheory. The Mandate of happiness (or the good life) Oral presentations Class material: fragments from El Entusiasmo by Remedios Zafra, fragments from Return to Reims by Didier Eribon
Learning activities and methodology
The course will consist of a theoretical part and a practical part in which relevant texts and creative artistic manifestations will be discussed in order to exemplify and problematise the contents of the subject. The lecturer will present the general contents and the associated texts. Each session will end with the posing of one or more problems and research questions. The lecturer will indicate which texts are recommended for further investigation of these questions and problems. Discussions will be held with students to check the degree of understanding of the contents and to help resolve any doubts raised. The forum in Aula Global will be the tool used to create a thread and an archive of the questions, doubts, problems and secondary references raised in class. Students will contribute to the writing of forum entries, summarising sessions and discussions.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 30
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 70

Extraordinary call: regulations
Basic Bibliography
  • Alcoff, Linda Martin. Visible Identities Race, Gender, and the Self. Oxford University Press. 2005
  • Alcoff, Linda Martin. The Future of Whiteness. Wiley. 2015
  • Bhabha, H.K.. he Location of Culture. . Londres: Routledge.. 2017
  • Bourdieu, Pierre. Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste. Harvard University Press. 1984
  • Broncano, Fernando. Cultura es nombre de derrota. Cultura y poder en los espacios intermedios. Delirio. 2018
  • Brown, Wendy. States of Injury: Power and Freedom in Late Modernity. Princeton University Press. 1995
  • Brown, Wendy. Regulating Aversion: Tolerance in the Age of Identity and Empire. Princeton University Press. 2006
  • Crenshaw, Kimberle. On Intersectionality: Essential Writings. The New Press. 2017
  • Eagleton, Terry. The Idea of Culture. Blackwell. 2000
  • Eagleton, Terry. Ideology. An Introduction. Verso. 1991
  • Eagleton, Terry. La estética como ideología. Madrid: Trotta. 2006
  • Fricker, Miranda. Epistemic Injustice. Power and the Ethics of Knowing. Oxford University Press. 2007
  • Hall, Stuart. Sin garantías: Trayectoria y problemáticas de los estudios culturales. Perú: Universidad Javierana- Endión Editores. 2010
  • Han, Byung-Chul. The Burnout Society. Stanford University Press. 2015
  • Hill Collins, Patricia. Intersectionality as Critical Social Theory. Duke University Press. 2019
  • Hill Collins, Patricia; Bilge, Sirma. Intersectionality, 2nd Edition. Wiley . 2020
  • Hill Collins, Patricia; Bilge, Sirma.. Intersectionality. Polity Books. 2016
  • Honneth, Axel. Disrespect: The Normative Foundations of Critical Theory. Polity Press. 2007
  • Jaeggi, Rahel. Critique of Forms of Life. Harvard University Press. 2018
  • Jaeggi, Rahel. . Alienation. Columbia University Press. 2016
  • Kelly, Thomas. Bias. Oxford University Press. 2023
  • La ética de la autenticidad. La ética de la autenticidad: Introducción de Carlos Thiebaut. Paidós. 1994
  • La ética de la autenticidad. La ética de la autenticidad: Introducción de Carlos Thiebaut. Paidós. 1994
  • Medina, Jose. . The Epistemology of Resistance. Gender and Racial Oppresion, Epistemic Injustice, and Resistant Imaginations. Oxford University Press. 2014
  • Mignolo, W. . Historias locales / Diseños globales. Colonialidad, conocimientos subalternos y pensamiento fronterizo. Akal. 2013
  • Rosa, Hartmut. Alienation & Acceleration: Towards a Critical Theory of Late-Modern Temporality. NSU Press. 2010
  • Said, E.. ulture and Imperialism. . Londres: Vintage.. 1993
  • Spivak, G.. A Critique of Postcolonial Reason. Towards a History of the Vanishing Present. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. 1999
  • Stuart Hall. The Hard Road to Renewal Thatcherism and the Crisis of the Left. Verso Book (trad. esp. en editorial Lengua de Trapo). 2016 (2019 para la ed. esp)
  • Sullivan, Shannon. Revealing Whiteness: The Unconscious Habits of Racial Privilege . Indiana University Press.
  • Taylor, Charles. Multiculturalism: Examining The Politics of Recognition. Princeton University Press. 1994
  • Taylor, Charles. Sources of the Self: The Making of Modern Identity. Harvard University Press. 1989
  • Taylor, Charles. A Secular Age. Harvard University Press. 2007
  • Taylor, Charles. La ética de la autenticidad: Introducción de Carlos Thiebaut. Paidós. 1994
  • Williams, Raymond. Culture and Society. 1780-1950. Columbia University Press. 1983
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
Additional Bibliography
  • Anderson, Perry. La palabra H. Peripecias de la hegemonía, . Madrid: Akal. 2018
  • Crehan, H.. El sentido común en Gramsci. la desigualdad y sus narrativas. Madrid, Morata. 2018
  • Engels, F., Marx, K. (trad. W. Roces). La ideología alemana. Akal. 2014
  • Gramsci, Antonio. ¿Qué es la cultura popular?. Publicaciones de la Universidad de València. 2011
  • Nietzsche, Friedrich. La genealogía de la moral. Trad. de A. Sánchez Pascual. Alianza. 1994
  • Schiller, Friedrich. Cartas sobre la educación estética de la humanidad. Acantilado, trad. de Eduardo Gil Bera. 2017
  • Weber, Max. La ética protestante y el espíritu del capitalismo. Istmo. 1998
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The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.