Compulsory conditions for examination:       
  • 25% physical/virtual course attendances.
  • 25% physical/virtual seminar attendances.
SEMINAR: 5 points
  • 2 points – Audiovisual journal (0.20 pct / journal entry)
  • 2 points – Collective presentations – each team “adopts” a chapter from the book and discusses at the seminar the relevance and connection with their daily life from a sociological point of view.

    — Mario Vargas Llosa, Notes on the Death of Culture: Essays on Spectacle and Society

  • 1 point – Active participation (especially in the discussion of texts)

COURS: 5 points

C1:  Entry for the collective album:  (Sociologically)  Significant everyday objects/things

  • 2 pts.: 1 pt. the visual material + 1 pt. presentation on a planned date (middle term evaluation)

OR (for those more courageous and extroverted)  

C1 bis: Video exercise: The animal in you:  Embodied self-reflection on the human-nonhuman relation(s)  

  • Same evaluation as C1 (2pts.)


C2.  Entry for the Fiddle-Faddle. Journal of Mundane Studies

  • 3 pts: 2 pts. for delivering the material in due time + 1 pt. for presenting/commenting (final colloquium)


Details about course projects:

C1:      Collective album: (Sociologically) Significant everyday objects/things

Commodities, like persons, have social lives.

(A. Appadurai, The Social Life of Things)


This is a collective project. Starting from the distinction between objects and things and reflecting critically on the possible ”agency of things”, each student will document and produce an A4 page that will contain: aesthetic-sociological photography of the object, and a paragraph (80-100 words) of interdisciplinary mini-story type (connotations from sociology, history, psychology, politics, economics, philosophy, etc.). Let the object/thing speak for themselves.

The general theme for the album is PLACEBO & NOCEBO OBJECTS/THINGS. The connection with the generic theme may be direct but also indirect, subtle, personalized. Each student will look for and choose such an object/thing that signifies the theme from the perspective of his/her daily life. S/he will do a “photo shoot” with the respective thing/object and choose the most suitable photo for the collective album. At the same time, s/he will document the life of that object using his /her sociological skills. The format of the entry for the album will be given during the seminars.  Deadlines for submission and presentation will be decided at the first meetings.

Project inspired from:




As alternative to this task you may choose:

C1 bis: Video exercise (1- 3 minutes): The animal in you:  Embodied self-reflection on the human-nonhuman relation(s) 

What „animal” are you? What animal you would like to be? What is the animal IN you? Reflect and express through your body  the  relation between the human-nonhuman in you, the human and non human outside you. Make a short record  (with the mobile phone or whatever you like)

 in which you speak  about what is human/non human in you, in us. Make…a performance.

Project inspired from:

https://www.numeridanse.tv/projet-participatif/animal-kingdom?fbclid=IwAR00q2er6JIgAL AU_6nD8qIe0bEAdkifPvlGIc8bV9JC2qOhPY6Xsfb6Lko



C2.  Entry for the Fiddle Faddle. Journal of Mundane Studies


We are launching a new journal and invite you to contribute to the first issue.  Read the Journal  Manifesto (uploaded on our platforms). Prepare an entry for this journal based on your readings and what we will learn and discuss during the courses and seminars.  Entries could be individual or collective (2 persons) and could take many forms.  Consult with us on what you decide to do. Deliver the material in due time.


On the final colloquium meeting we will offer the online version of the first issue, and each of you will have your “moment” for presenting your contribution. You may want to use as source of inspiration one of the themes from your journal developed during the seminars. It is up to you.


We invite you to be a serious but ludic and creative journalist, with sociological background and specialized in everydayness.