Checking date: 28/05/2019

Course: 2019/2020

Culture and Power
Study: Master in Theory and Critique of Culture (253)


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

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results.
Competences: To kow how to establish the relations between cultural fields and forms of social and political power To acquire the necessary conceptual tools and theories to establish the former relations To acquire the necessary conceptual tools and theories to establish to analyze the temporal and historical dimensions of the relations between culture and power To master the analysis and critical thinking about the current debates on cultural studies To know the most relevant bibliography To know how to achieve an interdisciplinar study To know how to use verbal and written methods of study and criticism To be able to write scholar papers and oral expositions
Description of contents: programme
Along the course we will study a few conceptions of culture that are active in our world as strategies of power and resistance 1. The power of culture and the constitution of intelectual fields 2. Aesthetics as resistance: romantic and neoromantic strategies of cultural criticism 3. Aesthetics as ideology: aesthetic modernism as social artistic performance in the space of sensibilities 4. The culture of defeat and the concept of cultural hegemonia 5. The mass culture in question 6. Transhumanism as culture of global conflicts
Learning activities and methodology
The matter consist of a theoretical and a practical part where it will be discussed relevant texts concerning the topics of the matter. The professor wil present the more general contents and the texts. Then it will be opened debates ir order to verify the degree of comprehension and to clarify the possible questions and doubts. The students will write a paper for theme, and then they will present it in the classroom, and they will engage in the following debates.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.