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Sociology of Culture and Communication

Code 14327
Year 3
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(45H)
Scientific area Sociology
Entry requirements None
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.
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.
Wolff, Janet (1993), The Social Production of Art. Londres: MacMillan.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2022-02-10

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