Credits: 5

Schedule: 15.01.2019 - 26.03.2019

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

III-IV 2018-2020

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

After the course the students have a broad understanding which narratives, structures, concepts, power relations, individual constructions etc. influence them. The students learn how to think about these visible or invisible powers in a critical way and how to change them. Freedom means the ability to choose between different options and this is the main message and aim of this course. The students also learn, how to comment the above mentioned subjects by the means of art - to criticize them, to play with them, to create own artistic concepts.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course concentrates at least on following subjects: a) the power of our big narratives; b) the concept of freedom in western culture; c) the prison of our mind - psychology and freedom, d) politics and freedom; e) economical power and freedom; f) understanding as a prerequisite for freedom, g) finding your own voice in art; h) how can we create own concepts; i) the both sides of role models ; j) how history influences us g) making the invisible visible: social structures and their power on us.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lectures 60 hours
Independent and group works 75 hours

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Jean-Francois Lyotard: The postmodern condition.
Julia Cameron: The Artist`s way.
Norbert Elias: On the Process of Civilisation.
Tristan Tzara: Dada Manifesto 1918.
J.D.Salinger: Seymour. An Introduction.
David Foster Wallace: This is Water.
Hans T. Blokland: Freedom and Culture in Western Societies.
Richard David Precht: Who am i and if so how many?

Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

UWAS course selection criteria: Registration order is not the primary selection criteria for this course. In order to ensure that students from different programs and schools of Aalto University may take UWAS courses, the selection is also based on the variety of students' disciplines. Master's students are also welcome.


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