Communication and Aesthetics
7.5 credits cr.
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Human beings use their senses – seeing, hearing, touch, taste, smell – to receive impressions and ideas from the world around them, and they also create all kinds of cultural forms to express themselves and reach out to each other through the senses. This is fundamental to communication and culture everywhere, at the same time as the forms show great diversity and variation. They include speech, body language, writing, pictures, sculpture, music, song and dance. In various combinations such forms have also been combined into rituals which have been central to human life. With time media technologies have evolved which transmit and preserve some of these cultural forms increasingly and effectively in time and space: print, telephone, television, Internet. Human groups have also shaped their own aesthetic values relating to the use of these forms. Reaching a comprehensive understanding of the human forms of communication and aesthetics, and at the same time illuminating their diversity and change, is one of the central tasks of anthropology.
ScheduleThe schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
Course literatureNote that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.