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Module Code: ARC308
Module Title: Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics
Module Level: Level 3
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: Architecture and Design
Pre-requisites: N/A
The Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics module provides an introduction to a wider cultural framework that forms the basis for architecture and architectural design. It introduces critical reflections at the border of architectural discourse – both from the West and from the East – in order to provide a better understanding of cultural context as influencing positions and expressions in the fine arts and architecture.

Students will not only learn to identify key aesthetic concepts and to evaluate them critically, but they will also engage with them creatively in order that they may form positions they may further develop in practice. The module will be elective for Communication Studies students.

Learning outcomes 
A Evaluate key aesthetic concepts, and how they are situated within culture.

B Relate key aesthetic concepts to architectural discourses.

C Illustrate an understanding of culture and the arts as dependent on philosophical positions.

D Evaluate how the theories, practices and technologies of the arts influence architectural design.

E Critically engage with aesthetic positions and develop a multifaceted argument both orally and in writing.
Method of teaching and learning 
Seminars will engage students in the critical review and development of philosophical viewpoints relating to the fine arts and architecture. The seminars will be supported by lectures introducing key positions and concepts in the philosophy of art and aesthetics, both in the West and in the East.
Students articulate ideas mainly through in-class presentations, in-class discussions, and essay writing.

Some sessions on this module will be delivered by Language Centre tutors, with the aim of assisting students with language/study skills requirements for the module. Students will also be provided with online language/study skills support to help them engage with module content.

Themes and topics may vary from year to year to some extent in order to respond to current debates. They will address key positions in the contemporary philosophy of art and aesthetics, juxtapose Eastern and Western thought, and engage students in further research on the development of Aesthetics in history. It will be demonstrated how key ideas and understandings have changed in order to form positions within the context of a specific culture at a specific point in time. Students will engage in discussions and present their understandings of assigned readings to the class. They will be guided to critically engage with the presented concepts in a consistent manner, and will further develop aesthetic position papers with an optional link to the final studio project that runs in parallel.
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 13   26        111  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Coursework 40.00
2 Essay Paper 60.00

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