GSOC

6157

Conceptualization of Culture

New School for Social Research: Sociology

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Conceptualization of Culture

Fall 2019

Taught By: Elzbieta Matynia

Section: A

CRN: 7026

Credits: 3

The preoccupation of many social thinkers with the phenomenon of ""culture""long antedates J.G. Herder's remark that ""nothing is more indeterminatethan this word."" Still, a preoccupation with culture has been widely shared ever since -- by historians, sociologists, and anthropologists. This seminar is addressed to those who are interested in the history of social thought, the sociology of knowledge, and studies of culture, and will explore the main debates surrounding the idea of culture and its development. Whether discussing the Greek notion of paidea, the Romantic ideal of genius, or the historiographic essays of the Annales historians of our own day, we shall trace the dynamics of two contrasting approaches to culture: the broadly empirical and anthropological approach, and the more narrowly normative and ""humanistic"" approach. The readings -- some of them passionate critiques of culture -- include works by Plato, Aristophanes, Vico, Rousseau, Herder, Goethe, Marx, Ferdinand de Saussure, Sigmund Freud, Fernand Braudel, J. Heuzinga, Ernst Cassirer, Mikhail Bakhtin, Kwame Anthony Appiah, and Samuel Beckett.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Sociology (GSOC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 11

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:40am 8/23/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1200A

Date Range: 8/28/2019 - 12/11/2019