US_42 Introduction to Art Studies

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. David Balarin (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Mikuláš Bek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Mikuláš Bek, Ph.D.
Department of Musicology - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Jan Karafiát
Supplier department: Department of Musicology - Faculty of Arts
Mon 14:00–15:40 N51; and Thu 19. 12. 13:00–13:50 N41
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 240 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 22/240, only registered: 0/240, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/240
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
there are 7 fields of study the course is directly associated with, display
Course objectives
At the end of the course students should be able to:
define the basic concepts of art and cultural studies;
to understand their application in professional literature;
and to use them actively in an argument in writing a professional text.
  • Art and Cultural studies
  • Esthetic judgement
  • Esthetic function
  • What is art?
  • What is a work of art?
  • Symbolism of work of art
  • Art criticism
  • What is taste?
  • What is culture?
  • Mass culture
  • Popular culture
  • Post-modern culture
    required literature
  • NIEDERLE, Rostislav. Pojmy estetiky: analytický přístup (Aesthetic Concepts: An Analytical Approach). 2. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2014. 172 pp. ISBN 978-80-210-7131-5. info
  • MUKAŘOVSKÝ, Jan. Studie. Edited by Miroslav Červenka - Milan Jankovič. Vyd. 1. Brno: Host, 2001. 598 s. ISBN 80-7294-000-7. info
  • HENCKMANN, Wolfhart and Konrad LOTTER. Estetický slovník. Translated by Dušan Prokop. Vyd. 1. Praha: Svoboda, 1995. 229 s. ISBN 8020504788. info
  • VOLEK, Jaroslav. Základy obecné teorie umění. Praha: Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1968. info
    recommended literature
  • Estetika na přelomu milénia : vybrané problémy současné estetiky. Translated by Pavel Zahrádka. Vyd. 1. Brno: Barrister & Principal, 2010. 486 s. ISBN 9788087474112. info
  • Kulturální teorie : klasické a současné přístupy. Edited by Tim Edwards, Translated by David Vichnar. Vydání první. Praha: Portál, 2010. 364 stran. ISBN 9788073676858. info
  • BARKER, Chris. Slovník kulturálních studií. Translated by Irena Reifová - Kateřina Gillárová - Michal Pospíšil. Vyd. 1. Praha: Portál, 2006. 206 s. ISBN 8073670992. info
  • CULLER, Jonathan. Krátký úvod do literární teorie. Vyd. 1. Brno: Host, 2002. 167 s. ISBN 80-7294-070-8. info
  • CHVATÍK, Květoslav. Strukturální estetika. Vyd. 2., přeprac. Brno: Host, 2001. 210 s. ISBN 80-7294-027-9. info
  • Sociální a kulturní antropologie [2000, SLON]. Edited by Alena Vodáková - Olga Vodáková - Václav Soukup. Vyd. 2., rozš. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství, 2000. 175 s. ISBN 80-85850-29-X. info
  • SOURIAU, Étienne. Encyklopedie estetiky. Translated by Zdeněk Hrbata. Praha: Victoria Publishing, 1994. 939 s. ISBN 808560518X. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, readings, and homeworks.
Assessment methods
Written test and essay.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2004, Autumn 2005, Autumn 2006, Autumn 2007, Autumn 2008, Autumn 2009, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2020.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Autumn 2019, recent)
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