PHIL 2029 - Beauty: Pleasures and Principles
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code PHIL 2029 Course Beauty: Pleasures and Principles Coordinating Unit Philosophy Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Prerequisites 12 units Level I Humanities/Social Sciences, including 3 units in Philosophy Incompatible PHIL 2024 or PHIL 3024 Course Description This course introduces students to the central concepts and themes of philosophical aesthetics such as beauty, the sublime, disinterested pleasure, aesthetic judgment, aesthetic form, aesthetic ideas, the ugly, imagination and style. We will study the origin of these notions in a variety of historical/intellectual contexts through the writings of Plato, Hume, Kant, Hegel and Nietzsche. This will take up the first half of the course. The second half of the course will involve the application of these concepts to contemporary culture through the writings of more recent philosophers. We will assess the potency and relevance of these concepts and themes for understanding the way value and meaning are conveyed through popular art forms like television soap operas but also more challenging art works, including novels, visual art and film. The course will culminate in an analysis of the relation between the narrative of a film and its artistry. This will involve a study of film theory that draws upon research on perception and the emotions in order to understand the way films can be constructed to elicit complex emotions such as those associated with experiences of beauty and the sublime.
Course Coordinator: Emeritus Professor Jennifer McMahon
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes1. Students will be introduced to a range of philosophical concepts.
2. They will develop skills in argumentation and analysis in writing essays.
3. They will develop skills in argumentation and analysis in public debates and discussion.
4. Students will form research questions.
5. They will conduct research using a range of resources and technologies.
6. They will be able to apply philosophical concepts to artworks such as film in order to interpret and evaluate them.
7. Students will have developed expertise in value theory to assist them in understanding complex cultural interactions.
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2, 3 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 4, 5, 6, 7 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3, 7 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 5 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 6 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 6 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 7
Required ResourcesReadings, relevant links and examples will be provided on myuni. Students will need to have access
to a computer for myuni and for finding relevant examples to demonstrate their arguments.
Recommended ResourcesReferences to both introductory and more advanced reading will be provided.
Online LearningA wide range of online references will be provided.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures, seminars or tutorials
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Lectures and seminars/tutorials per week totalling 3 hours.
Reading per week (set & recommended texts): 3 hours
Preparation for lecture/seminar/tutorial per week: 3 hours
Assessment tasks preparation each week: 3 hours
Total per week = 12 hours
12 weeks of course: 12 x 12 hrs = 144 hours in total for semester
Learning Activities SummaryLectures/seminars/tutorials: attendance, participation, individual and group work, reading, writing, speaking, online component.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceGroup work included
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Assessment SummaryEssays and Coursework
Assessment Related RequirementsPresentation, debate, film viewing, gallery visit, discussion, group glossary, formal evaluation
Assessment DetailCoursework, Essay, Review, Glossary
SubmissionSee Philosophy Handbook
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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