Checking date: 26/04/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Philosophy and the media
Bachelor in Film, Television and Media Studies (Plan: 382 - Estudio: 211)


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

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Since this is an optional subject for students in their third or fourth year, they should have a basic knowledge of film history and philosophy. The students must also be capable of putting forward complex critical analysis of cultural products within the terrain of media, as well as the technologies that produce these objects.
1. Knowledge and use of concepts on image culture. 2. Knowledge of philosophical interpretations of contemporary audio-visual communication. 3. Interpretation of audio-visual productions in light of said theories and of major cultural transitions. 4. Handling of analysis categories on forms of representation in mass culture. 5. Incorporation of theoretic tools to study the impact of mass media in our consciousness and sensibility.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1. Introduction. Philosophy and audio-visual media. - What is Philosophy? - What is a medium? - Why is it necessary to think media? 2. Media, entertainment or critique? - Archaeology of the media. - Thinking the photographic image. - Sound recordings. A critical approach. - Cinema. From the fair grounds to mass seduction. - Television, consumerism and new dynamics. - Video cameras and talking back. - Internet, smart phones and screens in dialogue, or not? 3. Critical Approaches. - Cultural Studies. - Feminism and Queer Theory. - Artistic discourses. - Contemporary Visual Culture, the image and the gaze. 4. Meta-representations - Thinking through images - Images that think themselves 5. Group presentations.
Learning activities and methodology
The course will be structured as a series of introductory lessons guided by the professor. Each of the topics shall be presented by the professor, who will concentrate on a series of concepts and showcase a series of examples to be analyzed in class. To complete the session, the students are expected to engage in debate and comment of recommended texts and the examples seen in class. The last sessions will be dedicated to group presentations.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40

Calendar of Continuous assessment

Extraordinary call: regulations
Basic Bibliography
  • BARTHES, R.. Retórica de la imagen. Paidós. 1996
  • BAUDRILLARD, J. . Pantalla Total . Anagrama. 2000
  • BENJAMIN, W. . La obra de arte en la época de su reproductibilidad técnica. Itaca, México D.F.. 2003
  • BUTLER, J.. Marcos de guerra. Las vidas lloradas. Paidós . 2010
  • CASTRO REY, I. . La depresión informativa del sujeto. Grama, Buenos Aires. 2011
  • CHUL HAN, B.. En el enjambre . Herder. 2014
  • CURRAN, J. et al. (ed.) . EStudios culturales y comunicación. Paidós, Barcelona. 1998
  • Cox, Christoph & Warner, Daniel. Audio Culture. Readings in Modern Music. continuum. 2007
  • DEBORD, G. . La sociedad del espectáculo . Pre-Textos . 2000
  • DELEUZE, G, GUATTARI, F.. ¿Qué es filosofía?. Anagrama. 1993
  • DELEUZE, G. . Conversaciones. Pre-Textos. Valencia
  • GALLOWAY, A., THACKER, E., WARK, M. . Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation. University Chicago Press. 2013
  • GRUSIN, R.. Mediation is the message. Journal of Visual Culture. 2014
  • Gunthert, A.. Imagen conversacional: Nuevos usos de la fotografía digital. 2014
  • HALL, S.. La cultura, los medios de comunicación y el "efecto ideológico", en CURRAN, J. (Ed.) Sociedad y Comunicación de masas. F.C.E.. 1981
  • HALL, S. . Encoding and Decoding in Television Discourse, en Hall, S. (ed.) Culture, Media, Language. Routledge. 1980
  • HANSEN, M.. Media Theory. Theory, Culture and Society, 23. 2006
  • HOELZ, I. y MARIE, R. . Softimage: Towards a New Theory of the Digital Image.. University of Chicago Press. 2015
  • KITTLER, F.. Gramaphone, Film, Typewritter. Stanford University Press. 1999
  • KITTLER, FRIEDRICH. Gramaphone, Film, Typewritter. Stanford University Press. 1999
  • MITCHELL, W.J.T.. No existen medios visuales, en BREA, J.L. (ed.) Estudios Visuales. La epistemología de la visualidad en la era de la globalización. Akal, Madrid. 2005
  • MITCHELL, W.J.T., HANSEN, M.. Critical Terms for Media Studies. University Chicago Press. 2010
  • MUÑOZ, B.. Cultura y comunicación. Introducción a las teorías contemporáneas. Fundamentos, Madrid.. 2005
  • MUÑOZ, B.. La cultura global. Medios de comunicación, cultura e ideología en la sociedad globalizada. Pearson. 2005
  • McLUHAN, M.. Comprender los medios de comunicación. Las extensiones del ser humano . Paidós . 1996
  • Mellencamp, Patricia (ed). Logics of Television. Indiana University Press. 1990
  • RODOWICK, D.N.. Reading the Figural, or Philosophy after the New Media. Duke University Press. 2001
  • STEYERL, Hito. The Wretched of the Screen. E-Flux. 2011
  • Sterne, Jonathan. The Audible Past. Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction. Duke University Press. 2003
Additional Bibliography
  • BORDIEU, P. . Sobre la televisión . Anagrama . 2003
  • CASTELLS, M.. La galaxia internet. Areté . 2001
  • GARCÍA CANCLINI, N.. Lectores, espectadores e internautas . Gedisa . 2007
  • GARCÍA CANCLINI, N. . Diferentes, desiguales y desconectados . Gedisa . 2004
  • GROYS, B.. Sobre lo nuevo. Ensayo de una economía cultural. Pre-Textos. 2005
  • JAY, M. . Ojos abatidos. Akal. 2005
  • MORIN, E.. El espíritu del tiempo. Ensayo sobre la cultura de masas . Taurus . 1966
  • MORIN, E.. El cine o el hombre imaginario . Paidós . 2001
  • PARDO, J. L. . La banalidad . Anagrama. 1989
  • SONTAG, S.. Ante el dolor de los demás. Alfaguara, Madrid. 2003
  • VIRILIO, P. . La máquina de visión . Cátedra . 1998
  • WILLIAMS, R.. Televisión. Teconología y Forma Cultural . Paidós . 2001

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.