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230027 UE Theoretical Foundations ("Reading Classics of Sociology") (2017S)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 23 - Soziologie
Continuous assessment of course work

Registration/Deregistration

Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).

Details

max. 40 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Anwesenheit bei Vorbesprechung am 3. März ist verpflichtend.

Friday 03.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 3, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock (Kickoff Class)
Saturday 25.03. 10:00 - 15:45 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 1, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Saturday 29.04. 10:00 - 15:45 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 1, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Saturday 20.05. 10:00 - 15:45 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 1, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock
Saturday 24.06. 10:00 - 15:45 Inst. f. Soziologie, Seminarraum 3, Rooseveltplatz 2, 1.Stock

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

The course provides a foundation in core concepts of sociological theory in relation to cultural processes and in particular, artistic and cultural production processes. While the theoretical contributions of major sociological thinkers such as Benjamin, Adorno, Bourdieu, Hall and Becker are examined, they are situated within the context of current cultural and artistic debates and transformations in the arts and creative industries.
Our central questions will focus on how art and culture are conceptualised in sociological theory, how the roles of the artists and cultural intermediaries are defined and how society contributed to the appearance of certain art forms and forms of cultural expression.

Assessment and permitted materials

Active student participation in class discussions and activities is absolutely essential for this class. Therefore, students are expected to attend every class meeting prepared to discuss the assigned reading. It is your responsibility to sign in every class, as attendance will be taken at the beginning of each meeting.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

To receive full attendance credit you are expected to:
• Attend every class meeting and to attend the entire class session
• Hold a group presentation
• Hand in literature notes
• Write a final essay at the end of the term (1,500 words)

Examination topics

Reading list

Benjamin, Walter, 1992 [1936]: The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. From: Frascina, Francis; Harris, Jonathan (eds.), 1992: Art in Modern Culture: An Anthology of Critical Texts. New York: Harper Collins, p. 297-307.

Adorno, Theodor W. and Max Horkheimer, 2002 [1944]: The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as mass deception.
In: Dialectic of Enlightenment: Philosophical Fragments, Stanford: Stanford University Press, p. 94-136.

Bourdieu, Pierre, 2010 [1979]: The Aristocracy of Culture.
From: Distinction. A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste. London/New York: Routledge, p. 3-55.

Bourdieu, Pierre, 1984 [1968]: Outline of a Sociological Theory of Art Perception.
From: The Field of Cultural Production. Essays on Art and Literature. Columbia University Press, p-. 215- 237.

Hebdige, Dick, 1998 [1979]: The Function of Subculture.
From: Duran, Simon (ed.), 1998: The Cultural Studies Reader. London/New York: Routledge, p. 441-461.

Clifford, James, 1998 [1988]: On Collecting Art and Culture.
From: Duran, Simon (ed.), 1998: The Cultural Studies Reader. London/New York: Routledge, p. 57-76.

Becker, Howard S., 1974: Art as Collective Action.
From: American Sociological Review, Vol. 39 (December 1974), p. 767-776.

Association in the course directory

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