SUSK_28 Sociology of Art

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2021
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. PhDr. Mikuláš Bek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. David Balarin (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
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 Sociology of Art as part of Sociology in its historical development and to acquaint students with the basic topics of Sociology of Art, key authors who dealt with them and to present major outcomes of the sociological studies of art and culture.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course students should be able to: - explain the basic notions and theoretical concepts of the sociology of arts;
- identify the elementary methodological positions of the important representatives of the sociology of arts;
- locate the main theoretical concepts in the development of the social sciences and art studies;
- apply the theoretical concepts in the analysis of the particular cases in the history of arts and contemporary art culture.
  • Art as a social phenomenon and social function of art
  • Sociology of art as a genre of the art studies: main concepts
  • Sociology: paradigms and theories
  • Social role of the artist
  • Art reception
  • History of culture industry
  • Structures and operational modes of the contemporary culture industry
  • Critique of the mass culture
  • Elements of the empirical research in the sociology of arts
  • Contemporary Czech art and culture in the light of empirical research
    recommended literature
  • ECO, Umberto. Skeptikové a těšitelé. Translated by Zdeněk Frýbort. Vydání 1. Praha: Argo, 2006. 367 stran. ISBN 8072037064. info
  • BEK, Mikuláš. Konzervatoř Evropy? : k sociologii české hudebnosti. 1. vyd. Praha: KLP-Koniasch Latin Press, 2003. 278 s. ISBN 8085917998. info
  • DUBY, Georges. Věk katedrál : umění a společnost 980-1420. Translated by Zora Obstová. Vyd. 1. Praha: Argo, 2002. 332 s. ISBN 8072034189. info
  • HAUSER, Arnold. The social history of art. 3rd ed. London: Routledge, 1999. x1ii, 274. ISBN 041521386X. info
  • HAUSER, Arnold. The social history of art. 3rd ed. London: Routledge, 1999. x1iv, 267. ISBN 041521386X. info
  • MCQUAIL, Denis. Úvod do teorie masové komunikace. Edited by Jan Jirák. Vyd. 1. Praha: Portál, 1999. 447 s. ISBN 8071782009. info
  • Úvod do sociologie. Edited by Jan Keller. 4. rozš. vyd. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství, 1997. 181 s. ISBN 80-85850-25-7. info
  • BEK, Mikuláš. Vybrané problémy hudební sociologie. Vyd. 1. Olomouc: Vydavatelství Univerzity Palackého v Olomouci, 1993. 95 s. ISBN 8070673184. info
  • LUHAN MAC, Marshall. Jak rozumět médiím. 1. vyd. Praha: Odeon, 1991. 349 s. info
  • HAUSER, Arnold. Filosofie dějin umění. Praha: Odeon, 1975. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, readings, and homeworks
Assessment methods
Written test
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught once in two years.
The course is taught: in blocks.
Note related to how often the course is taught: 4x za semestr.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: 8 hodin výuka, 8 hodin konzultace.

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