The Power of the Image, The Image of Power 2

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
373MOM2 ZK 2 2T Czech summer

Subject guarantor

Ladislav ŠERÝ

Name of lecturer(s)

Ladislav ŠERÝ

Learning outcomes of the course unit

An introduction to the modern and post-modern ideas of the roll of the image, its power and efforts in creating a social reality.

Mode of study

Lecture linked to or followed by moderated and non-moderated discussion and analyses of media, artistic or life's work examples.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Analytical and critical skills.

Course contents

A broadly based critique of the image, media and power originating particularly from a philosophical and sociological position. A study of the fabrication of truth, the diachotomy of reality and fiction, simulation and metaphorization of sense, representation and virtualization of so-called reality. The image as a part of consumer culture, spectacle as a camouflage of general insecurity. Advertisement as a manifestation of the ideolization of the social space. The medial psychosis of threat, real time digital networks. Technology as a tool of dominance and power and as control over human energy resources.

Recommended or required reading


ADORNO, Theodore. Dialektika osvícenství, Praha, Oikoymenh, 2009

ADORNO, Theodore, HORKHEIMER, Max. Schéma masové kultury, Praha, Oikoymenh, 2009

AUMONT, Jacques, Obraz, Praha, AMU, 2005

BAUDRILLARD, Jean. Dokonalý zločin, Praha, Periplum, 2001

BERGER, Peter, LUCKMANN, Thomas. Sociální konstrukce reality, Brno, CDK, 2001

BESANCON, Alain. Zakázaný obraz, Praha, Barrister & Principal, 2013

DEBORD, Guy. Společnost spektáklu, Praha, Intu, 2007

ECO, Umberto. O zrcadlech a jiné eseje, Praha, Mladá fronta, 2002

FLUSSER, Vilém. Do universa technických obrazů. Praha, OSPVU, 2001

FOUCAULT, Michel. Dohlížet a trestat, Praha, Dauphin, 2000

JOST, Francois. Realita/Fikce. Říše klamu. Praha, AMU, 2006

LIPPMANN, Walter. Veřejné mínění. Praha, Portál, 2015

VIRILIO, Paul. Estetika mizení, Praha, Pavel Mervart, 2010

Assessment methods and criteria

Credit will be awarded based on participation in class and submission of the paper on a proposed topic which the student defends in an interview.



Further information

This course is an elective for all AMU students

Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

room 344
Room No. 7

(Lažanský palác)
(lecture parallel1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Wed 16:30–18:05 Ladislav ŠERÝ Room No. 7
Lažanský palác
lecture parallel1

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