TAS 1.OH Optional Module Humanities

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Brief course description:

The courses are envisaged to enhance the students' sense of responsibility and importance of cultural values and human dignity on different levels, including their significance in the field of humanities.  
They will help the students improve and develop a wide range of important skills, useful in the future careers. Students will be expected to demonstrate a responsible approach to time-management of their workload and compose an essay meeting high standard academic requirements. Also, students will acquire the ability to present their knowledge and opinions in public through the process of class discussions which will improve their skills in collaborative work and interpersonal communication.

Aims:

Students will acquire the ability to understand, analyze and study various cultural and social phenomena from interregional perspectives. The courses provide an overview of the narratives that have had the greatest impact on the Western intellectual tradition. The introduction to iconographic methodology enable the students to understand different languages of cultural symbols, attributes, personifications, and allegories.
Having passed four courses from the module, students shall acquire basic information about the fundamental concepts and regulations of the intellectual property law as well as their ramifications for the film, literature, advertisement and other creative industries in the United States and Europe.
Students should also have an ability to critically evaluate works of American and European arts. They will also learn to use their theoretical knowledge in order to present in-depth, interdisciplinary analyses in the field of culture.

Content:

The Humanities module provides and strengthens the knowledge in cultural studies in the context of transatlantic relations.  All courses take  an interdisciplinary approach from the social sciences, particularly cultural anthropology, to
explore intercultural issues and cultural theory in the contemporary context of globalization. Students are introduced to the study of culture through the work of anthropologists, cultural historians, philosophers, psychologists, and especially contemporary popular culture. The module aims to develop a deeper understanding of cultural differences, to examine and analyze the impact of culture in everyday life and the ways in which societal values impact cultural practices. It hopes to provide students with an appreciation for the diversity of the human experience particularly in the American-European comparative context.

Reading list:

Specifically defined for the individual course.