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.


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.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 11.01.2022 - 29.03.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Maria Villa Largacha, Johan Eichhorn

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures 60 hours
    Independent and group works 75 hours


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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?

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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.

    Teaching Period:

    (2020, 2021) - No teaching

    2021-2022 Spring III-IV

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: Sisu replaces Oodi on 9 August, 2021. Priority order to courses is according to the order of priority decided by the Academic committee for School of Arts, Design and Architecture: