|Course code module||1MFVB020|
|Study load (hours)||168|
|Language of instruction:||Dutch|
|Semester exam information:||exam in the 1st semester|
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some acquaintance with general philosophical and social scientific concepts
2. Objectives (expected learning outcomes)
to be able to critically reflect upon cultural matters, to take a stand into an ongoing cultural debate, and to formulate a personal point of view.
3. Course content
The course consists of three parts:
- an attempt to define, or rather typify, cultural critique as an intellectual discipline, and an analysis of the qualities of what one can consider as a 'good cultural criticist'.
- discussions of texts: Susan Sontag (on photography and suffering), Roger Scruton on popular culture, Lyotard on postmodern knowledge, Jean Baudrillard on hypperreality, Rüdiger Safranski on globalization, Neil Postman on television as amusement, Furedi on the actual intellectuel, Pierre Sansot on cultural participation, and others.
- An critical analysis of concepts often used to describe our actual cultural situation (globalisation, circulation, terror, virtuality, knowlegde, evaluation, performance, network, creativity, flexibility)
4. Teaching method
Direct contact: LecturesTutorials
Personal work: Assignments - individualAssignments - in groupPortfolio
5. Assessment method
Exam: Oral, with written preparationOpen book
Written assignment: With oral presentation
6. Compulsory reading – study material
7. Recommended reading - study material
After class and by appointment.