Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Aesthetics

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION This study-unit will introduce students to the basic concepts of aesthetics and the philosophy of art. This will include a discussion of the main theories of art, namely the mimetics, expression, formal and institutional theories as well as key concepts like intuition and interpretation.

Study-unit Aims:

At the end of the unit students would have gained a better understanding of the wide range of concepts covered by the term 'art'. the would be able to see how that class of activities normally referred to as the 'fine arts' are related to one another, what they have in common, and how they differ.

Another aim of the unit would be to illustrate by example the operations of the art world, and to discuss the influence of its main actors (curators, connoisseurs and critics) on audiences and consumers.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- define the meaning of key concepts in the aesthetics such as mimesis, expression and formalism;
- recognize the value of art in a new light and demonstrate a better understanding of it.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- interpret art in a systematic way, having gained a better understanding of its nature and development through history;
- demonstrate the interrelationships between the key concepts within this area;
- identify the questions raised by various theories of art.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Text
- Sheppard:, Anne, Aesthetics: an Introduction to the Philosophy of Art ,Oxford : Blackwell: 1987.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 100%


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