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Postgraduate Course: Aesthetics (PHIL11029)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course will introduce students to some central topics in contemporary aesthetics, including the nature of art, aesthetic experience, and issues arising in the philosophy of the particular arts.

Shared with undergraduate course: Aesthetics PHIL10117

For courses co-taught with undergraduate students and with no remaining undergraduate spaces left, a maximum of 8 MSc students can join the course. Priority will be given to MSc students who wish to take the course for credit on a first come first served basis after matriculation.
Course description The course will examine theories of beauty, the arts and the aesthetic in contemporary thinkers, while also considering historical treatments of these topics. Topics discussed will include aesthetic experience, beauty, art, the aesthetics of nature, forgery, emotion, and the relation of art and morality.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  7
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 11, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 16, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 169 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One 2500 word essay.

Assessment deadline: Monday 17th April 2017 by 12 noon
Word limit: 2500 words maximum (excluding references)
Return deadline: Tuesday 9th May 2017
Feedback - Weekly tutorial groups shared with undergraduate students
- Additional fortnightly MSc-only tutorial groups
- Students have the opportunity to submit a formative essay by week 6 deadline on Turnitin via Learn. The essay cannot be draft of summative essay but it can be on the same topic.

Formative essay deadline: Thursday 2nd March 2017 by 12 noon
Return deadline: Friday 24th March 2017
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. understand some major issues in aesthetics
  2. understand how these issues relate to continuing debates
  3. read closely, analyse and criticise philosophical texts.
  4. present and defend arguments
  5. the ability to understand and analyse arguments
Reading List
Introductory works.
C. Lyas, Aesthetics.
A. Shephard, Aesthetics.
G. Graham, Philosophy of the Arts: an Introduction to Aesthetics.

D. Cooper, Classic Readings in Aesthetics.
G. Dickie and R. Sclafani, Aesthetics: a Critical Anthology. (Second edition by Dickie, Sclafani and Roblin.)
P. Lamarque and S. Olsen, Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art.
A. Neill and A. Ridley, Arguing about Art .
P. Kivy, The Blackwell Guide to Aesthetics.
P. Alperson, The Philosophy of the Visual Arts.
O. Hanfling, Philosophical Aesthetics; an Introduction.
S. Feagin and P. Maynard, Aesthetics.
J. Levinson, Oxford Handbook of Aesthetics.

Reference work.
D. Cooper, ed., A Companion to Aesthetics.

A full reading list, with articles linked to each lecture topic, will be available on Learn.
Additional Information
Course URL Please see Learn page
Graduate Attributes and Skills Written skills; oral communication skills; ability to analyse and follow arguments
Additional Class Delivery Information The course is taught by Dr Andrew Mason.
KeywordsAesthetics,Art,Beauty,Aesthetic value Ancient Ethics: Ancient ethics,Aristotle,Virtue
Course organiserProf Theodore Scaltsas
Tel: (0131 6)50 3649
Course secretaryMiss Lynsey Buchanan
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002
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