SUS_70 Sociology of Art

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. PhDr. Mikuláš Bek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. David Balarin (lecturer), PhDr. Dagmar Koudelková (deputy)
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 16:00–17:40 N51, except Mon 4. 11. ; and Mon 4. 11. 16:00–17:40 N42
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 200 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 9/200, only registered: 0/200, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/200
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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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
    required literature
  • ADORNO, Theodor W. Úvod do sociologie hudby : dvanáct teoretických přednášek. Translated by Josef Hlaváček. Vydání první. Praha: Filosofia, 2015. 236 stran. ISBN 9788070074299. info
  • KYLOUŠEK, Petr and Petr DYTRT. Pierre BOURDIEU, Pravidla umění. Vznik a struktura literárního pole (Les Regles de l'Art. Genese et structure du champ littéraire) (Rules of Art: Genesis and Structure of the Literary Field). Překladatelé. 1. vyd. Brno: Host, 2011. 496 pp. Teoretická knihovna, č. 27. ISBN 978-80-7294-364-7. URL info
  • ADORNO, Theodor W. and Max HORKHEIMER. Dialektika osvícenství : filosofické fragmenty. Translated by Michael Hauser - Milan Váňa. Vydání první. Praha: Oikoymenh, 2009. 247 stran. ISBN 9788072982677. info
  • ADORNO, Theodor W. Schéma masové kultury. Translated by Michael Hauser - Milan Váňa. První vydání. Praha: OIKOYMENH, 2009. 62 stran. ISBN 9788072984060. info
  • BEK, Mikuláš. Konzervatoř Evropy? K sociologii české hudebnosti (Conservatory of Europe? On the Sociology of Czech Musicality). Praha: KLP - Koniasch Latin Press, 2003. 278 pp., sv. 1. ISBN 80-85917-99-8. info
  • ALEXANDER, Victoria D. Sociology of the arts : exploring fine and popular forms. 1st pub. Malden: Blackwell, 2003. xix, 366. ISBN 9780631230403. info
  • BOURDIEU, Pierre. Distinction : a social critique of the judgement of taste. 1st pub. London: Routledge, 1996. xiv, 613. ISBN 0415045460. info
  • ECO, Umberto. Skeptikové a těšitelé. Translated by Zdeněk Frýbort. Vyd. 1. Praha: Svoboda, 1995. 417 s. ISBN 8020504729. info
  • LUHAN MAC, Marshall. Jak rozumět médiím. 1. vyd. Praha: Odeon, 1991. 349 s. info
    recommended literature
  • MCQUAIL, Denis. Úvod do teorie masové komunikace. Translated by Jan Jirák - Marcel Kabát. Vyd. 2. Praha: Portál, 2002. 447 s. ISBN 80-7178-714-0. 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. x1viii, 23. ISBN 041521386X. 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. (Aspects of Sociology of Music). 1. vyd. Olomouc: Vydavatelství Univerzity Palackého, 1993. 96 pp. ISBN 80-7067-318-4. 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)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2020.
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