PHIL 2051 - Art, Perception and Creativity
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016
General Course Information
Course Code PHIL 2051 Course Art, Perception and Creativity Coordinating Unit Philosophy Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites At least 12 units of level 1 Arts courses, including 3 units in Philosophy Incompatible PHIL 2025 & PHIL 3025 Course Description Art is very difficult to define. If you say art is functional, I will find some art which aims to be useless. If you say art is about appearance, I will find some which is about the concept. If you say art is unique, I will find art which has multiple instances. In this course we will consider the various aims and purposes which have at one time or other occupied artists, to see whether within all these aims and purposes there is any common element which would justify bringing all things we presently call art under the one name.
This study will draw upon theories of perception, meaning and culture; and will reference both historical and contemporary writers and philosophers of art.
Course Coordinator: Emeritus Professor Jennifer McMahon
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes1. Introduce students to the debates and topics that occupy philosophers of art
2. Develop an understanding of underlying philosophical themes and concepts
3. Develop an awareness of the perspectival nature of perception and meaning.
4. Develop the ability to write clearly and cogently using scholarly format, style and referencing.
5. Facilitate and cultivate ability to structure an argument, and present and defend it within a public setting, for example, through group work in seminars.
6. Use examples from a range of art forms to demonstrate, defend or refute philosophical arguments covered in the course.
7. Conduct research using a wide variety of sources including scholarly philosophical literature, the Art Gallery of SA, popular media and the internet.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1,2 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1-4 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
5 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1-7 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
3 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Recommended Resources• Clive Cazeaux (editor) The Continental Aesthetics Reader. London & New York: Routledge, 2011, 2nd edition.
• Cynthia Freeland, Art Theory: A very short introduction. Oxford University Press, 2003 (paperback edition)
Online LearningOnline learning components will be provided.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures, seminars, online components, two gallery based seminars
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.WORKLOAD TOTAL HOURS
1x1hr lecture 12 hours per semester
1x2hr seminar 24 hrs per semester
4 hrs reading per week 48 hrs per semester
2 hrs research per week 24 hrs per semester
4 hrs assignment preparation per week 48 hrs per semester
Total: 156 hrs per week
Learning Activities Summarydefinitions, Ontology, interpretation, intention, properties, evaluation, emotion, morality, perception, creativity, genius, community, indigenous art, idealism and critical theory
Specific Course Requirementsattendance at seminars, group work, debate, film viewing, two gallery visits, presentation
Small Group Discovery Experiencegroup work on the development of a glossary to be used for film review, essay or presentation
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Assessment Summaryseminar paper/presentation, essay, exam, participation (debate, glossary group work)
Assessment Related RequirementsSeminar attendance required, debate, presentation, essay, two gallery visits, cooperation with group to develop glossary, exam
Assessment Detailas above
SubmissionEssay submitted online
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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