LET-ACWB203
Vulgar Culture
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleLET-ACWB203
Credits (ECTS)5
Category-
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Arts; Cultural Studies;
Lecturer(s)
Contactperson for the course
dr. S.A. Shobeiri
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Lecturer
dr. S.A. Shobeiri
Other course modules lecturer
Lecturer
C.N.M.L. Stutvoet
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Academic year2018
Period
PER 1  (01/09/2018 to 02/11/2018)
Starting block
PER 1
Course mode
full-time
RemarksAccessible to exchange students.
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims
After this course, students will be able to:
  • explain what taste is, and articulate in what way culture determines taste, in order to properly assess statements regarding aesthetics, the beautiful, and the vulgar;
  • clarify the role of ugliness in contemporary art, and thereby problematize in a productive manner the presupposition that art needs to be beautiful;
  • create a multimedia essay in order to illustrate and problematize a topic from the course. The student will be able to critically reflect on the form and content of the mulitmedia essay in a written evaluation of the process.
Content
Ugliness and art are complex and multi-faceted phenomena. Even though these concepts seem to be each other’s polar opposites, in reality they are often closely related. In contemporary culture, in particular, art is not automatically equated with beauty. This course is dedicated to discussing theories of taste, as well as the role of the vulgar (from kitsch to pornography) in art and culture. Each week, we will address a topic in the form of a lecture (hoorcollege) and a seminar (werkcollege). During the lecture classes, the instructor will explain theories related to the topic and discuss case studies in the form of an interactive lecture. The seminars will offer the opportunity to reflect on and discuss the same topic within the framework of group presentations.
Assumed previous knowledge
Note for exchange students: you cannot take this course if your English proficiency level is not at least B2 (TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC or Cambridge). A statement from your home university won't be accepted.

Recommended materials
Articles
Title:All required reading materials will be provided in class.

Instructional modes
Lecture
Attendance MandatoryYes

Seminar
Attendance MandatoryYes

Tests
Portfolio
Test weight100
Test typePortfolio
OpportunitiesBlock PER 1, Block PER 2

Minimum grade
5,5