|Seminar: Cultural Anthropology||Cultural anthropology is the comparative study of culture and human societies. Anthropologists seek an understanding of humankind in all its diversity. This understanding is reached through the study of societies and cultures and the exploration of the general principles of social and cultural life. This course would also explore problems and issues associated with the complexity of modern societies in local, regional and global contexts.|
|Critique of Culture Policies||The course introduces academic debates on local and international cultural policies, provides theoretical points of view for cultural policy studies, and aims at:
1. Offering methodological and theoretical frameworks of cultural policy studies;
2. Nurturing students' sensibility and dialectical thinking on implementation of cultural policy, by digging into theoretical discourses of cultural policy studies;
3. Strengthening students' ability to do independent study and research in the area of cultural theories and cultural policy studies.
|Seminar: Culture Policy Theories and Practice||The course introduces the academic debates in local, regional, national and international cultural policy making. It provides the theoretical and pragmatic contexts of cultural policy studies, and aims to:
1. Offer methodological and theoretical frameworks of cultural policy studies;
2. Analyze specialized knowledge on cultural policy, decision making, legislation, cultural industries, cultural statistics and indicators, and cultural environment.
3. Help student understand the interactive relations between culture, civil society, and political economy.
|Seminar: Management of Cultural Heritage||This course discusses topics related to heritage management in the international arena, the mutual-reliance relationship between heritage management and cultural tourism. It emphasizes:
1. Standards for designation and protection of cultural heritage in the international society;
2. Mutually beneficial relationship between heritage management and cultural tourism;
3. New technology development and its effect on cultural heritage policy;
4. Research papers and discussion on cultural heritage management.
|Seminar: City Cultural Governance||This course is designed for Doctorate degree students. It takes a thematic approach, using a combination of theory and practice to explore the issues relevant to urban cultural governance. The course takes the city as a unit, and speculates on the mechanisms and atmospheres of different kinds of urban cultural governance, the convergence of local core cultural values with the particular style of a city, the defining and implementation of basic cultural rights, safeguards of the work rights and living rights of those who work in urban art and culture, the basic guiding principles of urban cultural policy, and their scope, as well as the promotion of local cultural legislation. The course explores the models and structure of urban cultural governance (including intellectual concepts, power mechanisms, urban capital, identification with imagery, the public domain, and cultural resistance), integration and coordination mechanisms for local cultural affairs and resources, the public and private sectors in cities (government, enterprise, non-governmental organizations, and non-profit organizations), as well as the urban cultural governance networks created through organization between local industry, government, and academia.|
|Seminar: Architecture and Urban Culture||This course is designed for Doctorate degree students. It takes a thematic approach, using a combination of theory and practice to explore the issues relevant to urban cultural governance. The course takes the city as a unit, and speculates on the mechanisms and atmospheres of different kinds of urban cultural governance, the convergence of local core cultural values with the particular style of a city, the defining and implementation of basic cultural rights, safeguards of the work rights and living rights of those who work in urban art and culture, the basic guiding principles of urban cultural policy, and their scope, as well as the promotion of local cultural legislation. The course explores the models and structure of urban cultural governance (including intellectual concepts, power mechanisms, urban capital, identification with imagery, the public domain, and cultural resistance), integration and coordination mechanisms for local cultural affairs and resources, the public and private sectors in cities (government, enterprise, non-governmental organizations, and non-profit organizations), as well as the urban cultural governance networks created through organization between local industry, government, and academia.|
|Post-Colonial Theory and Culture Criticism||This course focuses primarily on understanding colonialism, and post-colonial theories and their criticisms, providing an in-depth understanding and analysis of such paths taken and ideologies as imperialism, racism, black research, sub-cultures and so forth, under special historical circumstances. Taiwan's first steps in social modernization were accompanied by the characteristics of Japan's 'colonial modernity', and the influence brought about by this historical fragment can not be ignored in any study of the development of Taiwan's society. The main themes of discussion include anthropology, museums, visual culture and literature, which are for the most part fundamentally Asian colonialist, and European colonialist to a lesser extent. The aim is to reflect on the social models of Taiwan under the various kinds of imperialism in the world.|
|Research Methodology||This course provides Ph.D. students with relevant knowledge and reflective information about essay research. There are three main sections:
1. Revisiting research methods: Re-examine research methods and the fundamental principle of essay writing.
2. Content of research methodology: The relationship between research theories and methods.
3. Significance of research methodology: What are the standpoints of research methodology? Does it relate to value and ideology? Namely, the reflective question of “how do we think on thinking”?
|Seminar: Modernism and Postmodernism||Modernism and Postmodernism are inseparable. Both of them not only result from the historical roots of the term “modern”, but also have the distinct spirit of criticism and innovation. Compared to modernism which has its clear and specific reference in literature, architecture and art, modernity is however more complex, covering wilder fields in which social, political, economic and cultural lack the consistence, but even arouse lots of contradictions and conflicts that lead to postmodernism two kinds of understanding: new and late modernity that is an unfinished project for itself or counter-modern post modernity. Instead of description differences in those of the phenomenon, we start our discussions from a philosophical aspect to explore the essences underlined in the representations.|
|Seminar: Creative City||The city is an important competitive field for contemporary culture. The symbolism, marketing and competition of urban culture are synonyms for the trend towards globalization and this is where the battles are fought out. Architecture, art, design and creativity are effective tools, key to urban marketing.
The course takes the different categories surrounding the concept of a 'creative city' as its foundation, ranging from the preservation of cultural assets, the guidance of urban regeneration provided by culture, to cultural and creative industries and urban aesthetics, and other such special topics, and involves the analysis and discussion of urban cultural governance from a range of perspectives.
|Museum Architecture||1. Introduction to museum buildings: definition, design elements, practical features and management practices.
2. Museum buildings category: history, function, aesthetics and other aspects of review, analysis and discussion.
3. Contemporary issues of museum building: globalization, cultural tourism, re-use of historic buildings, expansion plans, architectural ethics.
4. Museums and contemporary architects: Frank Gehry, I. M. Pei, Tadao Ando and domestic case studies.
|Visual Culture: Theories and Methods||In reaction to the emergence of image information society, visual culture study comprehensively examines the observation phenomenon and related concepts as "gaze," "visual" and the regime of the visual, etc. Visual culture actually examines and interprets modern culture and society mechanism on visual representation as a whole and its system of meaning. This course thoroughly discusses theories and method on visual culture. At the same time, we will apply this vision on exploring Taiwanese discourse and phenomenon.|
|Seminar: Topics on New Museology||This course helps students understand museum's new functions in society, get familiar with the status of museum study in the international arena. This course emphasizes:
1) Analyze new issues about "New Museology";
2) Guide students to think of the roles that a museum plays in the modern society;
3) Strengthen students’ museum research abilities through literature review.
|Seminar：Theories of Contemporary Culture||This course is designed for Doctorate degree students. The content takes a thematic approach, to explore such issues of contemporary cultural studies as ethnicity, gender, identity, modernity and postmodernism, structuralism and post-structuralism, as well as the cultural discussions involved behind them. The course speculates on power relations, consumption and taste, daily cultural life, highbrow art and popular culture, and the festivals and carnivals of Taiwan and the world's knowledge production systems, as well as cultural public areas, and how their the significance of their cultural practices is endowed, how their value is interpreted, and how it is possible for cultural power to be reversed.|
|Seminar: Art and Cultural Policy in Taiwan||The course discusses and analyses the trend and practices of art-culture policy of Taiwan. It covers the historical develop, the scope and modes of governance, and the administrative institutions and legislations of art-culture policy in Taiwan. The course helps students reflect upon the triangular relations between art-culture production, economic industries and civil society (cultural rights).|
|Academic Lectures||The course invites experts from various fields to give lectures on specialized topics and share their experiences at this class. The arrangement of this course tries to expand and deepen the academic foundation of students.|
|Independent Study||The students’ selected topic of research must be related to the field of cultural policy and management, whether from a methodological perspective or in terms of content (or both). Throughout the semester, the course will provide individual support to enable each student to produce some publishable research work. The course will not be limited to paper format such as how to use quotes and references, or how to edit written works; the course will also make students learn how to structure and explain their ideas in a publishable format. This course is especially tailored to help students prepare their paper on the topics of their own interests for publishing.|
|Seminar：Operation and Management of Art and Cultural Institutes||This course explores the knowledge and skills relevant to the operation and management of arts and cultural institutions, and is divided into three main themes:
1. The power of art: Its functions and influence.
2. The mission and modus operandi of the institution: New public management, partnership relations, public and private cooperation, etc.
3. The operational effectiveness and evaluation methods of art institutions: their current state and outlook.
1. Understanding software planning: Purpose, vision, organization, stakeholder relationships, law, marketing, and so on.
2. Analysis of hardware planning: Concept planning, functional configuration, multimedia display, space guidance, and so on.
3. Study and planning of the evaluation benchmarks and operating methods of management effectiveness.
|Seminar: Theories of Art and Culture||This course explores the relations between phenomenon of arts and cultural theories after 1980s. During 1960s and ‘70s, Minimalism and Conceptual Art had been mainstreams of art thoughts. In the early 1980s, the main platform for arts became to occur in the galleries and museums. The arts however expanded themselves to cultural and economic spheres in the mid-1980s; namely, they exist everywhere in everyday life. Many artists make use of extreme means to criticize social system in two main ways: first, they break down barriers of the existing structures and ideologies by the interdisciplinary approach; second, they play active roles of ‘cultural producers’ that make artists often overlap with identities of scholars, curators or enterprisers. In this way, ‘the art world’ is increasingly been formed as a ‘cultural field’, thus all kinds of non-art phenomena and theories in the past have been absorbed into the art world. Hence, culture and the arts are interdisciplinary in common and blur boundaries between Contemporary art and Culture; that is to say, they intertwine with each other.
Due to time limitation, the course will focus on an overview of contemporary visual art, such as art exhibitions or events since1980s, and be divided into three parts; namely, art theories, cultural studies and philosophy as the theoretical framework as follows: (a) to understand the meaning of the end of the art and the expansion of contemporary art world; to deal with the ways in which artistic conceptions and practices have developed and transformed; the relations between the art world and cultural field. (b) to explore how the issues of cultural theories such as identities, gender, and place become important subjects for contemporary artistic expression. (c) to reflect on aesthetics, especially focusing on aesthetics of phenomenology, hermeneutics, semiotics, and post-modern thoughts, including the discussion on the relations between art and truth, art and symbols, and art and culture as well.
|Aesthetic Economics||The course looks into the interactivity between art, culture and economic theories and practices. It studies the cross-subjective relations of cultural and economic value in issues of neo-liberal market cultural economy, creative cultural industries, art subsidies, culture and employment, cultural statistics, and how these connote policy implications.|