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Semiotics of Culture, 4.5 higher education credits

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Daytime, starting on November 27, 2008
Application deadline was November 14, 2008

The course will be held in English. The final report may be written either in English or in Swedish.
This course is designed preferably for students of the humanities and fine arts. Their applications will be of higher priority; students from other institutions or disciplines are asked to attach a brief motivation why they want to participate in this course.


The course is meant to give the participants basic knowledge about culture as a human phenomenon. Culture is approached here - from a semiotic perspective - as a totality of artefacts and coded sets of social interaction. The students are expected to gain a deeper understanding of culture as a specific product of the human society. Its primary function can be seen as encoding the world into a system of symbols.


Methodologically, the course is based on the ideas close to anthropological philosophy; the main discussion here is focused on a number of mayor domains of man’s spiritual, intellectual and social activity - myth, religion, science, philosophy, fine arts (covering design and architecture), and social code systems. The domains’ main features, distinctions and similarities are introduced and discussed during the lectures. The studies are based on lectures, recommended literature, and a task for a final report.


The lectures will be held on November 27th; December 2nd, 4th, 9th, and 11th, between 9.00 and 12.00 p.m., at HDK’s premises.

The final report is to be handed in on December 22nd, at 12 .00 p.m. at the latest, and put into the course supervisor’s post-box at the Caretaker’s office at HDK.

The evaluation results of the course will be handed in to the Rector’s office on January 10th, 2009.