3 x 2-hour evening sessions 5.00 - 7.00 pm.
1, 8, 22 October 2021
Mercedes Benz 220 SE with crop circle oil painting. Henry Nold: - Wikimedia commons
Hybrid on-line / venue course
Costs for the 3-session course
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Engineering Culture will explore what 'culture' means, why it is important and why it is useful for engineers to develop it as part of their work and life skills.
The first week will explore definitions and language of culture, its origins, complexity and changing meanings. High culture and popular culture. How it relates to art, taste, values and identity. How culture is appropriated for social and political purposes. Cultural studies and the origin and the significance of cultural diversity and culture wars. How should engineers look at culture and is there such a thing as 'Engineering Culture'?
The second week will examine different approaches to using culture in our lives. How we make choices and immerse ourselves and appreciate it. It will include some critical analysis and the art/science of interpretation. Some of the major critical thinkers from C19th and C20th (don't let this put you off!). Architecture, modernism and the importance of the 'cultural reference'.
There is a gap of two weeks before the third session to allow reading and research before the third session. This is loosely based around a 'Hall of fame' concept where delegates are invited to make a short presentation on a chosen cultural work of art or artefact - preferably related to their own interests or engineering in general.
The course is taught in tutorial format with much of each session given over to presentations and delegate participation. Emphasis will be placed on discussion and the delegates developing their own interests whilst hopefully making new discoveries.
The course is intended to be interesting useful, and fun and therefore we have chosen a date and time slot between work and play, afternoon and evening, weekday and weekend.
The course will be run on Zoom with with an option to attend the first and final weeks at a central London venue.