Culture and Art

Courses in foreign languages at the Faculty

Anna Małecka

Semester: spring

Key words: culture, art, aesthetics, beauty, painting, scul[ture, lkiterature, architecture, art cinema,

Culture and Art (print)

Course description:

The objective of the course is to present the major trends of European culture and art in the historic perspective, from the ancient Greek and Roman periods, through the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and modernism, till the most recent postmodern times. The aim is also to develop the students’ skills of creative and analytic thinking, alongside their artistic sensitivity. The course will consist of lectures, presentations, seminars, accompanied by practical workshops, including visits to Cracow museums and art galleries.

The curriculum of the course contains the following issues:

(1) Introduction to Cultural Studies.
(2) Philosophical Foundations of Culture.
(3) Basics of Aesthetics.
(4) Various Concepts of Art throughout Centuries.
(6) Work of Art in the Epoch of Mass Reproduction
(7) Culture, Art, and History as Reflected in Museums.
(8) Discussion on Major Fields of Art: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Dance and Ballet, Theatre, Literature.


H. Gombrich, The Story of Art, Phaidon Press Limited, London 1996.
Umberto Eco, History of Beauty, Rizzoli International Publications, 2004.
Władysław Tatarkiewicz, A History of Six Ideas: An Essay in Aesthetics, Kluwer Academic Pub., 1980.
Roman Ingarden, Selected Papers in Aesthetics, Műnchen, Wien 1985.
Bettina Carbonell, Museum Studies in Context: An Anthology, Blackwell Publishing, 2004.

Grading system:

75% – exam
25% – active participation in post-lecture debates