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Introduction to Contemporary Culture

Code: ICC101     Acronym: ICC

Keywords
Classification Keyword
CNAEF Arts

Instance: 2019/2020 - 1S

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Ciências da Arte e do Design
Course/CS Responsible: Fine Arts

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
AP 104 Official Study Plan 2011 1 - 3 34 81
DC 72 Plano Oficial do ano letivo 2017 1 - 3 34 81

Teaching language

Portuguese

Objectives

"Introduction to Contemporary Culture" is a theoretical curricular unit common to both Degree in Design and Visual Arts. On an introductory basis, the aim of the teaching program is to provide references and tools so that the student can understand fundamental aspects of contemporary culture, as well as familiarize himself with the main theories and with the authors who have considered this condition. The program transmits references that allow the student to understand manifestations and stages where culture presents itself, be it in the structure of society and its everyday phenomena, or in the interpretations and critical proposals formulated by the areas of visual and urban cultures.

Exploring the transversality of the notion of "culture," and the contradictions inherent in the contemporary condition, a multiplicity of approximations and readings are fostered which seek to instill in the student the capacity for critical reflection on reality, as well as to awaken the reflexivity and consciousness of the own proposals.

The contents are divided in two parts, a set of introductory classes that characterize in a diachronic perspective the advent of contemporary societies (in a Western perspective), followed by thematic classes more directed to the art and the design, that approach artistic thought and production /cultural.

The bibliography offers references of Critical Theory, Visual Culture and Urban Culture.

Learning outcomes and competences

The program transmits references that allow the student to understand manifestations and stages where culture presents itself, be it in the structure of society and its everyday phenomena, or in the interpretations and critical proposals formulated by the areas of visual and urban cultures.

Working method

Presencial

Program

Theoretical component: The theoretical structure of the course is divided into two parts, a first set of sessions introduces general questions to understand notions of culture and contemporaneity, modernity, urbanity, consumption, among others. The second theoretical part consists of a set of classes where the critical reflection on contemporaneity is introduced, either through various seminal authors, counterculture and subculture practices that came to influence the dominant cultures, or even in reference to different artistic practices (and which debate and question dominant patterns of culture. The theoretical part of the class is about 1h20m.

Practical component: Each weekly session allows about 30 minutes to answer questions about the practical work. The work consists of a group exercise to be developed throughout the semester and to be delivered after the Christmas holidays. They are aware that both classes are large, so students should manage their timetable so that groups can be set up and assignments prepared.

Mandatory literature

Deleuze Gilles; Mille Plateaux. ISBN: 2-7073-0307-0

Teaching methods and learning activities

The discipline offers a sequence of classes of "theoretical" nature in which matter is presented. Being a discipline that conveys contents of a multidisciplinary nature, it will be explored / valued the connection to current topics, both in the lecture and in the students' own research.

keywords

Humanities
Social sciences
Social sciences

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Apresentação/discussão de um trabalho científico 20,00
Trabalho escrito 80,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Apresentação/discussão de um trabalho científico 20,00
Trabalho escrito 80,00
Total: 100,00

Eligibility for exams

Type of assessment: Continuous: a group work developed during the semester.


The evaluation: Continuous for the delivery of group work

Calculation formula of final grade

100% - group work
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