Credits: 2

Schedule: 27.02.2019 - 29.05.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Ossi Naukkarinen

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


The course has been cancelled / TSAK 26.2.2019

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Students will learn to understand the role and nature of classics in their fields of art, design and architecture. They will understand what classics are and why it is important to know them. Participants will learn ways how classics can be approached and made use in the present. They will learn differences and relations between classic texts and classic art and design objects. At the end of the course, students can identify classics, have tools for discussing them and have some experience in addressing them though own written texts and visual comments.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course will address the role and nature of classics in contemporary art and design discourse. What kinds of things are classics in different fields? In visual arts? Philosophy of art? Design? Architecture? Why? Do they form canons that we must know? Why should we know them? How to read, watch and approach them? What should we know about their origins and original context? Why are they still relevant for us, and what can be done with them? Cultural differences between classics. Differences between classics, fashion phenomena and ephemeral forms of art.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

10 x 2 hour meetings including short lectures by the teachers and group discussion based on readings and other materials given in MyCourses. Possible excursions. Home assignments 34 hours (reading, writing, producing images).

Evaluation will be done by peers, with the help of an evaluation matrix. Evaluation focuses on the final, written and visual work where the students show how they interpret a selected classic they comment on. (Main aspects: innovativeness, academic rigor, connection to the materials used in the course.)

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

A selection of (classic) texts and images in MyCourses. The exact selection will be announced at the beginning of the course.

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Minimum number of participants is 8 students.


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