2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
PHIL5360M Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art
30 creditsClass Size: 30
Module manager: Dr Alba Curry
Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
This module is mutually exclusive with
|PHIL3322||Aesthetics & Phil of Art|
This module is not approved as an Elective
Module summaryThe module examines philosophical issues concerning the nature and values of art, aesthetic appreciation, the nature of aesthetic knowledge and justification. It is a mark of civilisation that the arts are cultivated and promoted. The presumption is that art educates and ennobles the mind. It seems that we would know far less if we lived in a world devoid of literature, films, paintings and music. The course will investigate in philosophical terms just what such claims amount to and how, if at all, they can be justified.
ObjectivesThis module will enable students to:
- understand and demonstrate coherent and detailed knowledge of central historical and contemporary issues in aesthetics and the philosophy of art;
- develop capacities for critical explication and presentation of arguments;
- describe and comment on particular aspects of recent research and/or scholarship concerning the nature and values of art, aesthetic appreciation, the nature of aesthetic knowledge and justification;
- appreciate the uncertainty and ambiguity of work in aesthetics and the philosophy of art;
- make appropriate use of scholarly reviews and primary sources.
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of issues in aesthetics and the philosophy of art.
Demonstrate the ability to critically engage with and evaluate complex and varied material in aesthetics and the philosophy of art.
Develop a critical and nuanced argument in essay form engaging with relevant material using their own independent critical skills and drawing on material from a range of relevant sources.
Conduct independent research and to make appropriate use of supervision structures.
The module will address questions such as (for example):
What is to evaluate a work as art? Can taste be objective? Can we justify our aesthetic claims? Can we learn from art? Should immoral art works repel us? What is it for someone to be artistically creative?
We will examine philosophical approaches to such questions from historical figures such as Hume and Kant to more contemporary thinkers.
The module will cultivate a deeper philosophical understanding and reflection upon the nature of art, critical judgement, appreciation and the values of art.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||279.00|
|Total Contact hours||21.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||300.00|
Private studyWeekly reading and preparation for seminars: 9 x 10 = 90 hours
Research and preparation for essay: 101 hours
Essay writing (including drafts and revisions): 88 hours
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackFormative feedback will be given:
In nine hour-long seminars, shared with students on the UG module, where the module leader will respond to student questions and support understanding based on the module content and readings.
In a one-to-one supervision where the module leader will comment and provide guidance and feedback on student essay plans of length 1000 words.
Office hours offered by the module leader and tutorial leader (if these are different).
Student progress will be monitored through submission of a 5,000 word essay submitted in Semester 1, Week 13, on which feedback will be provided.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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