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Sociology of Culture and Communication

Code 13131
Year 2
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload TP(60H)
Scientific area Sociology
Entry requirements None
Mode of delivery Face-to-face.
Learning outcomes - The students will comprehend what culture and communication mean in contemporary society;
- The students will recognise the sociological processes within the cultural industry and the mass media, from the traditional ones to the new digital media;
- The students will acquire the necessary critical thinking skills so they can question the idea of culture and the role of communication, concerning the cultural industry and the mass media in contemporary society;
- The students will be able to articulate critical questions about culture and communication with the help of course material, class discussion and assigned readings;
- The students will, eventually, be enabled to come up with original research questions or ideas.
Syllabus 1. Culture
1.1. Concepts of culture
1.2. Levels of culture
1.3. Cultural industries
2. Communication
2.1. Concepts of communication
2.2. Communication processes
2.3. Mass media
3. Information
3.1. Information and knowledge
3.2. Production of information systems
3.3. Knowledge, memory, and entertainment
Main Bibliography Adorno, Theodor W. (1991), The Culture Industry – selected essays on Mass Culture. Londres: Routledge.
Arendt, Hannah (1972), La Crise de la Culture. Paris: Gallimard.
Becker, Howard (1984), Art Worlds. Berkeley: Universidade da Califórnia.
Berger, Peter e Luckmann, Thomas (1999), A Construção Social da Realidade. Lisboa: Dinalivro.
Briggs, Asa e Burke, Peter (2002), A Social History of the Media. From Gutenberg to the Internet. Cambridge: Polity Press.
Castells, Manuel (2002), A Sociedade em Rede. Lisboa: Fundação Gulbenkian.
Fernandes, António Teixeira (1999), Para uma Sociologia da Cultura. Porto: Campo das Letras.
Habermas, Jürgen (1991), The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere. Cambridge: MIT.
Innerarity, Daniel (2006), O Novo Espaço Público. Lisboa: Teorema.
Thompson, John (1995), The Media and Modernity. A Social Theory of the Media. Cambridge: Polity Press.
Williams, Raymond (1995), The Sociology of Culture. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Classes will be divided into master classes, critical reading classes, issues' discussion classes and practical classes, woith specific tasks. Viewing audiovisual material is advised and discussed in class.

The continuous evaluation will have three moments;
- two individual reflections based on suggested issues.
- participation in class practical tasks OR a critical analysis of a cultural work or am information medium
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2022-06-15

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