Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


The student will gain a basic understanding of the problematics of authorship and artistic agencies

Credits: 5

Schedule: 22.09.2020 - 13.10.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Max Ryynänen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Max Ryynänen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    This is a course on authors and agents, on our ways and needs of building artistic authorship and artistic agencies. It is also about positions in life, art and philosophy. What is an author actually, or what do we mean with authorship (i.e. Marx is the author of The Capital, but he is also somehow the root for all Marxism)? How does one's position (e.g. white, middle aged, man, not from the middle class, immigrant background, bilingual, heterosexual) affect one's authorships and agencies? What is the discussion on the death of the author about? Should we take seriously the debate on 'intentional fallacy', i.e. the discussion which claims that we shouldn't be at all interested in artists' lives and intentions when we look at their art? What would authorship be without copyright? How do our ideas on authorship and genius affect people's behavior (Me Too)? What is the history of the concept of genius?

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures & discussion (20%), exercises (5%), reading and doing individual work (75%). Requirement of all schedules activities a minimum of 80%.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    15 hours of contact teaching, 120 hours of assignment work and reading.


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The study materials needed will be given in the course blog (mailed to the participants in advance) and on the course

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    No prerequisites