Philosophy & Media Aesthetics


Teaching Staff: Honorato Dalila
Course Code: THE302
Course Category: General Background
Course Type: Compulsory
Course Level: Undergraduate
Course Language: Greek
Delivery method: Lectures
Semester: 3rd
ECTS: 5
Teaching Units: 3
Teaching Hours: 3
Teaching Structure:
ActivitySemester Workload
Lectures39
Lab Lectures0
Tutorial0
Hands-on Lab0
Practice and Preparation30
Independent Study56
Course Total (ECTS: 5)125

Recquired / Recommended : THE202
Prerequisite to / Recommended to: THE602, (THE804), THE848, (AVA944)
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Short Description:

The objective of the course is the understanding of media technological advances and their potential socio-cultural consequences. Media effects on human communicational ability from the point of view of individual development, from orality to typography. The course focus on the mutual relations of mass communication (from the optical telegraph to the Internet) and their integration in the respective historic context. Thus, among other, literary and film sources belonging to the science fiction genre are cited.


Objectives - Learning Outcomes:

Orality and literacy. Language and cognitive development. Consciousness. Subjectivity. Language mechanisms. Language quality. Pictography. Text processing. Calligraphy. Manuscript. Typography. Digital writing. Hypertext. Media and social effects. The Medium is the Message. From state-owned media to privatization. Media and the definition of private and public sphere. Media and globalization. Media and gender. Media and education. The future of communication.


Syllabus:

1st Week: Human language: nature, functions and characteristics.
2nd Week: The language of the animals. The origin of languages. Oral and written speech.
3rd Week: Language and subjectivity. The interpretation of texts. Writing and power. The representation of the world and the body in maps and in books.
4th Week: The importance of the road network: the horse, the post, the bicycle and the car.
5th Week: The right to media access: the semaphore and the electrical telegraph.
6th Week: The influence of media in social structure: the typewriter.
7th Week: Private and public sphere (part 1): phonograph, photography and film.
8th Week: Private and public sphere (part 2): the telephone and the radio.
9th Week: Electronic media and global communication: television and the internet.
10th Week: Cool and hot media: the psychological influence and the shaping of education.
11th Week: The arts and technologies of writing. Concrete poetry. Blogging. Linearity and multilinearity.
12th Week: Presentation of final assignment (part 1).
13th Week: Presentation of final assignment (part 2).


Suggested Bibliography:

Flusser, Vilém, Into the Universe of Technical Images, Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press, 2011.
Kittler, Friedrich, Gramophone, Film, Typewriter, Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 1999.
Olson, David R., The world on paper: The conceptual and cognitive implications of writing and reading, Cambridge, New York and Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Ong, Walter J., Orality and Literacy: The technologizing of the word, London and New York: Methuen, 1982.
Material available on the e-class platform.


Teaching Methods:

Lectures.
Home assignments.


Evaluation Methods:

Written examination paper.
Final written assignment.
Oral presentation of final written assignment.

Updated: 18-02-2020

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