Course detail

Practical introduction to critical theory 1

FaVU-KRIT1Acad. year: 2019/2020

The seminar is focused on topics and methods of the critical theory. The texts for study represent selected theories of the 19th and the first half of the 20th century, sharing their focus on critical analysis of society (Marxism, Frankfurt School, Gramsci). The list of the topics includes such headings as ideology, technical rationality, commodity fetishism, the culture industry and so on. The course of the seminar derives from the introduction of a general framework and continues through the interpretation of particular problems up to the realization of a practical outcome. The central role in the working process of the seminar will be played by the discussion on reading materials, during which students will practice in critical thinking and explore possible application of the theoretical constructs in current conditions. The intervention of the teacher will be reduced to a commentary providing the students with a basic orientation in methods and historical contexts of the studied theories. In the next step the topic in question will be elaborated as a draft for an artistic or design project. The students will produce approximately five such drafts during the course of the semester and will consult them with the teacher and the other participant of the course. At the end of the semester one of these drafts will be selected for realization. In the best scenario the outcome of the seminar will be an exhibition of the artworks produced in this way.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Art project that reflects on the topics discussed in seminars.

Prerequisites

General humanist overview, interest in current events in society, basic orientation in contemporary art.

Co-requisites

Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Theodor W. ADORNO – Max HORKHEIMER, Dialektika osvícenství, Praha: OIKOYMENH 2009.
Louis ALTHUSSER, „Ideologie a ideologické státní aparáty (Poznámky k výzkumu)“, in: Helena BENDOVÁ – Matěj STRNAD, Společenské vědy a audiovize, Praha: NAMU 2015, s. 264–292.
Guy DEBORD, Společnost spektáklu, Praha: INTU 2007.
Antonio GRAMSCI, „Sešity z vězení, úryvky“, in: Helena BENDOVÁ – Matěj STRNAD, Společenské vědy a audiovize, Praha: NAMU 2015, s. 139–154.
Ernesto LACLAU – Chantal MOUFFE, Hegemonie a socialistická strategie. Za radikálně demokratickou politiku, Praha: Karolinum 2014.
Jodi DEANOVÁ, Slast a politika. Žižkova politická teorie, Praha: Filosofia 2014.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

In the teaching process, the reading of theoretical texts will be combined with practical tasks. The students will read and discuss articles related to particular topics of the seminar. Subsequently they will respond to these topics in the framework of their specialization (an artwork, a design project and so on).

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The seminar is evaluated with credits. The conditions for the completion of the course are attendance, active particiapation and the submission of the final project.

Language of instruction

Czech

Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. What is critical theory?
2. Enlightenment and technical rationality
3. Alienation, commodity fetishism, reification
4. Ideology
5. Hegemony

Aims

The aim of the seminar is to mediate the problems and methods of the critical theory to students of artistic disciplines and to help them to reflect on these themes in their artistic practice.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Attendance compulsory (50 percent).

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme VUM Master's

    branch VU-D , 1. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, optional
    branch VU-D , 1. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, optional
    branch VU-D , 1. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, optional
    branch VU-D , 2. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, optional
    branch VU-D , 2. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, optional
    branch VU-D , 2. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, optional
    branch VU-VT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, optional
    branch VU-IDT , 2. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, optional

Type of course unit

 

Seminar

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

eLearning