|Course code module||3BSOC-040|
|Study load (hours)||168|
|Language of instruction:||Dutch|
|Semester exam information:||semester exam in June|
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2. Objectives (expected learning outcomes)
Knowledge of the principal analytical schemes in cultural sociology and ability to apply them. Insight into the mechanisms of cultural change
3. Course content
The course consists of two equally important parts. Part I introduces the student to a number of analytical tools in cultural sociology. On the one hand, it elucidates such central distinctions as objective vs. subjective culture, material vs. immaterial culture, explicit vs. implicit knowledge, culture vs. counterculture, norm vs. deviation, education vs. socialisation. On the other, it looks at the role of culture and information carriers, e.g. script, book printing and (more) modern media such as radio, television and the Internet, and how they make culture possible and, at the same time, stamp their mark on it. Part II considers examples of cultural developments in a number of areas of society. Thus far, four cases have been selected: art, religion, pop music and youth culture, McDonaldisation and globalisation of culture. The students may put forward additional cases. Each of the cases shall be studied using the analytical tools introduced in the first part of the course.
4. Teaching method
Direct contact: LecturesSeminars (possible question and answer sessions)
5. Assessment method
Continuous assessment: Assignments
6. Compulsory reading – study material
A reader containing texts by, among others, M. Polanyi, W. Ong, P. Burke, D.R. Headrick, N. Luhmann, J. Becker, S. Fuchs, P. Bourdieu, C. McDannell, F.J. Lechner & J. Boli.
7. Recommended reading - study material