cod. 04539

Academic year 2012/13
2° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Sociologia dei processi culturali e comunicativi (SPS/08)
Attività formative affini o integrative
Type of training activity
40 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
course unit
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Learning objectives

Educational Purposes:

The aim of the course is to bridge the gap between the different approaches to art through the contribution of theories that prevent art from reducing it to a variable totally dependent or totally indipendent on culture. Art has a leading role in inventing and emphasizing meanings, styles, and ideas which initially promote additional "nuclei" of aesthetic truht, the facilitate clotting cultural features which end with change our worldview.


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Course unit content


The course is divided in two parts: the first one focuses on the aesthetic aspects of art (which are oriented to); the second one focuses on the sociological perspectives characterizing a community. The aim of the course is to provide a well-defined portrait of the main characters who regulate the art system. Effectively, the sociological point of view allows us to examine in depth some aspects of the complex artistic phenomenon that are generally neglected.

Full programme

The course aims at examinating different critical problems of Sociology of Art, investigating the artistic production phenomenon in a equidistant perspective from the “absolute autonomy of art”point of wiew and from the “eteronomy of art as social product” perspective. Aesthetically relevant phenomena, and not autonomy of art in itself (and not for sure the nature of beauty), are the object of sociological analysis. So, the claim that the future of art sociology coincides with its separation from aesthetic reflection is a false answer to a false problem. It will be made clear that Sociology of Art is a chiefly multidisciplinar subject, and it is not possible to “circumscribe” and “compress” it in a single paradigm.


R. Strassoldo, Da David a Saatchi, Forum, 2010.

Teaching methods

Frontal lectures

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral test

Other information

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