Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Theory of Culture

Theory of Culture
3
9142
3
First semester
OB
The keys to culture
Culture: concepts and basic experience
Main language of instruction: Catalan

Other languages of instruction: Spanish

Teaching staff


Appointments by email at macuriel@uic.es

Introduction

Culture represents the scene where all human experiences take place, practically since the beginning of Humanity. Culture is in constant change as are societies and their cultural constructions.

Fourteen years have passed since the change of the century and that fact has produced a multitude of critical reflections on globalising Postmodernity –not globalisation–, which is the same as adding that the last question is based, in essence, on one’s own Human Culture in transition.

The challenge of postmodernism was reborn in Germany as the Philosophy of Culture, in an effort to find answers, with structure and sense, after losing the battle against Social Anthropologists, who had the appropriate authorship and reflection on the term ‘culture’. The work by Ortega y Gassett, in essence a Philosopher of Culture, takes on resurgent senses.

Pre-course requirements

No prerequisites are needed to enrol in this course.

Objectives

The philosophical reflection on culture should contribute greatly to educate the students.

Competencies

  • E01 - Ability to provide a humanistic/cultural vision to other sciences or methods.
  • E04 - Ability to recognise and interpret cultural manifestations.
  • E07 - To acquire knowledge on the different issues and problems of current cultural debate and be aware of their constant change.
  • E08 - To distinguish and understand the structures of different cultural systems.
  • E13 - To acquire knowlege of the general diachronic framework of the past.
  • E27 - Ability to work in multicultural contexts.
  • E30 - Ability to define cultural research topics which can contribute to the improvement and innovation of society.
  • E36 - To promote the cultural dimension as a resource in institutions, markets, industries and companies.
  • G03 - To search for and/or administer economic resources within the framework of an institution or company, or a cultural programmes, project or service.
  • G06 - To demonstrate an ability to be open and flexible with regards to cultural and socil diversity.
  • G07 - To know how to apply and adapt to new technologies in processes of cultural management, production and dissemination.
  • G08 - Ability to carry out research.

Syllabus

1. INTRODUCTION.

2. THE CONCEPT OF CULTURE FROM THE FIELDS OF KNOWLEDGE.

2.1 Origin of the term.

2.2. In the Social Sciences.

2.3 In Biology.

2.4. The construction of the myth of Culture.

2.5 The Philosophy of Culture. Features, deduction, method.

3. PHENOMENOLOGY OF CULTURE.

3.1 By Ortega.

3.2 By Husserl.

3.3 By Heidegger.

3.4 Phenomenology of Culture.

4. TYPES OF CULTURE AND CULTURAL SCENARIOS

4.1 Technical Culture

4.2 Culture as an ideal

4.3 Culture as praxis

4.4 cultural scenarios: work, family-politics, death, game (and body)

 

5. THE CRISIS OF THE IDEAL OF CULTURE

5.1 The ideal of culture in Husserl

5.2 Criticism of Humanism in Heidegger

5.3 Marketing and culture

5.4 Body and culture: Posthumanism

Teaching and learning activities

In person



Each session is divided into two parts. The first part involves an explanation and analysis; the second part requires the development of a component of the course by each student which we call ‘contribution to the class’. In addition, each student must perform an oral presentation in class whose content shall be specified by the professor of the course.

Evaluation systems and criteria

In person



-Participation in the blog of the subject 10% -Oral presentations 18% -Written assignments 72% (Delivery of all written assignments is compulsory to award the course grade)

Bibliography and resources

ABRUZZESE, ALBERTO, “Cultura de masas”. En CIC, Cuadernos de Información y Comunicación, nº 9, pp. 189-192, 2004.

AUSTIN MILLÁN, T. R.;  “Para comprender el concepto de Cultura”. En Revista UNAP, Educación y Desarrollo, año 1, Nº 1, marzo de 2000. Accesible en:

t.r.austinmillan.para_comprender_el_concepto_de_cultura.pdf

BAUMAN ZYGMUNT, La cultura en el mundo de la modernidad líquida. Fondo de Cultura Económica, Méjico, 101 pp.

BROCKMAN, JOHN (Ed.), Cultura. Colec. Fronteras del conocimiento. Ed. Crítica, S.L., 2012, 285 pp.

BUSTAMANTE RAMÍREZ, ENRIQUE, “Cultura Digital: la "nueva" cultura clásica”. En, Telos, Cuadernos de comunicación e innovación, ISSN 0213-084X, Nº. 88, (Ejemplar dedicado a: La cultura digital), págs. 59-64, 2011.

CALDUCH CERVERA, RAFAEL.; “Cultura y civilización en la sociedad internacional”. Accesible en:

cultura_civilizacion.pdf 

CHOZA, JACINTO, Filosofía de la Cultura. Editorial Thémata. Sevilla, 2013, 266 pp.

DE VALLESCAR PALANCA, DIANA, Hacia una racionalidad intercultural. Cultura, multiculturalismo e interculturalidad. Tesis Doctoral. Madrid, 2000. Accesible en:

http://biblioteca.ucm.es/tesis/19972000/H/2/H2098801.pdf

HARRIS, MARVIN, Teorías sobre la cultura en la era posmoderna. Ed. Crítica, Barcelona, 2000.

MARCUSE, HERBERT, “Observaciones sobre una nueva definición de la cultura”. Revista de Occidente, ISSN 0034-8635, Nº 30, págs. 261-286, 1965.

MÉNDEZ RUBIO, ANTONIO, Hacia una teoría crítica de la Cultura. Universidad de Valencia, 1996. ISBN: 84-370-2623-7.

SAN MARTÍN SALA, JAVIER, Teoría de la Cultura. Editorial Síntesis, Madrid, 1999, 317 pp.

VV.AA. (T. S. Eliot, Félix de Azúa), Notas para la definición de la Cultura. Ed. Bruguera, Barcelona, 1984. ISBN: 84-02-09643-3.

VV.AA. (Jan Assmann, Helga Breuninger, Gerhard Schroeder, coords), Teoría de la cultura. Un mapa de la cuestión. Fondo de Cultura Económica, España, 2005.

ZAID, G.; “El primer concepto de cultura”. Letras Libres, nov. de 2006, pp. 44-46 Accesible en:

elprimerconceptodecultura.pdf 

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