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Culture and aesthetics

  • Class 15
  • Practice 15
  • Independent work 60
Total 90

Course title

Culture and aesthetics

Lecture type

Obligatory

Course code

22-07-534

Semester

5

ECTS

3

Lecturers and associates

Course overview

The objective of this module is to enable students to:
• Learn to analyse the basic social characteristics of culture and aesthetics in society through the perspective of cultural sociology
• critically assess the importance of sociological research for the design of visual communications

The objective of this module is to enable students to apply the theoretical knowledge and empirical research of social influences of culture and aesthetics on individuals and social groups in the field of visual communications design. It prepares students for critical understanding of these matters through sociological thinking as added value for the field of visual communications design. Moreover, it provides students with a research that can be used to create appropriate message for different social groups, audiences, or media outlets.

It is important for students to take this module in order to develop critical and logical sociological explanations of the situations in contemporary culture and aesthetics. The acquired knowledge will allow students to understand the approaches to culture, media and popular culture, as well as their relationship with public life, fashion, brands, fashion logics, cultural economy, and the field of visual communications design, which will contribute to the overall skillset for their future employment.

Literature

Essential reading:
1. Back, L., Bennett, A., Desfor Edles, L., Gibson, M., Inglis, D., Jacobs, R., and Woodward, I. (2012) Cultural Sociology: An Introduction. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Recommended reading:
1. Edles, L. B. (2002) Cultural Sociology in Practice. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing
2. Inglis, D. (eds.) and Almila A-M (eds.) (2016) The Sage Handbook of Cultural Sociology. London: Sage.

Further reading:
1. Bollmer, G. (2018) Theorizing Digital Cultures. London: Sage.
2. Berry, D. M. (eds.) and Dieter, M. (eds.) (2015) Postdigital Aesthetics: Art, Computation and Design. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
3. Varey, R. J. (2002) Marketing Communication: Principles and Practice. London: Routledge.

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Minimal learning outcomes

  • Define concepts and describe features of basic theoretical approaches to culture, media and popular culture, and the relationship between media, culture, and public life.
  • Explain the importance of culture, media and popular culture, and their relationship with public life at the societal level.
  • Define concepts and describe features of basic theoretical approaches of cultural sociology related to sartorial fashion and brands, and fashion logics.
  • Analyse the importance of sartorial fashion and brands, and the relations between fashion logics and cultural economy at the societal level.
  • Define and explain previously conducted research of selected topic in the society and certain conclusions that result from it in terms of the social significance and possible future research question in a written and presented seminar / case study.

Preferred learning outcomes

  • Comment on concepts and features of more complex explanations of theoretical approaches to culture, media and popular culture, and the relationship between media, culture, and public life.
  • Demonstrate the importance of culture, media and popular culture, and their relationship with public life at the societal level, and the influence of the social contexts.
  • Evaluate the importance of concepts and features of elaborate theoretical approaches of cultural sociology related to sartorial fashion and brands, and the relations between fashion logics and cultural economy.
  • Argue the importance of sartorial fashion and brands, and the relations between fashion logics and cultural economy at the societal level, and the influence of the social contexts.
  • Analyse previously conducted research of selected topic in the society and compare certain conclusions that result from it with own examples in terms of the social significance and possible future research question in a written and presented seminar / case study.
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