SUSK_01 An Introduction to Art Studies

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 6 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
Fri 20. 9. 15:00–16:40 N51, Fri 25. 10. 15:00–16:40 N51, Fri 22. 11. 15:00–16:40 N51, Fri 6. 12. 15:00–16:40 N51, 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.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
Learning outcomes of this course are to introduce basic terminology, concepts, key authors and literature about arts and culture, thus creating a terminological and knowledge base, which will be further developed during the study of other courses dealing with sub-themes from the field of art and culture.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course students should be able to:
- define the basic concepts of art and cultural studies;
- have sufficient orientation in professional literature about art and cultural studies;
- understand the application the basic concepts of art and cultural studies in the literature from this field ;
- use the basic concepts of art and cultural studies actively for reasoning in their written academic texts.
  • 1. Art and Cultural studies
  • 2. Esthetic judgement
  • 3. Esthetic function
  • 4. What is art?
  • 5. What is a work of art?
  • 6. Symbolism of work of art
  • 7. Art criticism
  • 8. What is taste?
  • 9. What is culture?
  • 10. Mass culture
  • 11. Popular culture
  • 12. Post-modern culture
    required literature
  • HENCKMANN, Wolfhart and Konrad LOTTER. Estetický slovník. Translated by Dušan Prokop. Vyd. 1. Praha: Svoboda, 1995. 229 s. ISBN 8020504788. info
  • MUKAŘOVSKÝ, Jan. Studie. Edited by Miroslav Červenka - Milan Jankovič. Vyd. 1. Brno: Host, 2001. 598 s. ISBN 8072940007. info
  • 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
  • VOLEK, Jaroslav. Základy obecné teorie umění. Praha: Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1968. info
    recommended literature
  • 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 D. Krátký úvod do literární teorie. Vyd. 1. Brno: Host, 2002. 168 s. ISBN 8072940708. info
  • CHVATÍK, Květoslav. Strukturální estetika. Vyd. 2., přeprac. a rozš. Brno: Host, 2001. 210 s. ISBN 8072940279. info
  • 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
  • SOURIAU, Étienne. Encyklopedie estetiky. Praha: Victoria Publishing, 1994. 939 s. ISBN 80-85605-8-. info
  • Sociální a kulturní antropologie. Edited by Ladislav Hrdý - Václav Soukup - Alena Vodáková. 1. vyd. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství, 1993. 157 s. ISBN 8090142419. 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.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: 8 hodin výuka, 8 hodin konzultace.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2020.
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