Culture Politics and Society
Full course description
The course aims to explore the triangle of culture, politics and society via an historical and systematic analysis of consumption. This requires taking insights from history, sociology, economics, political science, philosophy, law and cultural studies on board. Consumption, more specifically the consumption of food, serves as the course’s strategic case into the broad topic of societal change. Food is a necessity throughout history. Consumption is a significant feature of modern, capitalist societies. Via global trade and taxation, consumption is connected to both politics and legal regulation. Regulation, however, entails more aspects; think, for instance, of quality control. Culture comes in, among others, via different consumption patterns, which can be influenced by tradition, locality, knowledge, marketing or artistic representations. This interdisciplinary course integrates insights and approaches from historians, sociologists, economists, political scientists, anthropologists and philosophers. It aims to increase understanding societies, in their current socio-political and cultural settings. Participating in this course will not only enrich your knowledge about consumption, but also extend your competences in dealing with and combining different disciplines.
This course acquaints you with topical cultural and societal theories, addressing challenges in current politics and economics. Transformations in consumption will be the central recurring issue, combining historical developments with contemporary challenges, connecting the global with the local.