ESTET8862 - Foundational Discussions in Aesthetics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100 ALLE

Course content

The course is structured in the form of seminars and consists of presentations and discussions on theoretical and methodological texts relevant for the candidates' research projects.

To sign up for the course, please contact the course coordinator directly.

Learning outcome

On completing the course the candidate should have obtained:


- on important theoretical and methodological research questions in aesthetic disciplines and being able to account for these


- being able to analyze theoretical interpretations, reasoning and academic arguments including outside of their discipline-specific framework

Learning methods and activities

The course is held as a series of seminars. The participants must hold two presentations in two different seminar, one presentation of their own PhD-project, as well as one presentation of, preferably, an established text in the humanties (alternatively, a more specific text relevant for the candidate's project and the on-going discussions in the seminar). Following the presentation and comments, the text will become a topic for discussion in the group. The participants are also expected to comment on at least one of the other participants' presentations. The participants must hand in an essay (6.000-8.000 words) related to the course material. In addition, participation in at least 5 seminars of 3 hours each is required. This entails following the course over one semester.

Compulsory assignments

  • Participation

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to a PhD programme or employment as a PhD research fellow.

Course materials

Reading list to be announced at the beginning of term and will be decided on the basis of the composition of the group and their academic needs.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
ESTET8861 5.0 AUTUMN 2023
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  5.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Aesthetic Studies
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Faculty of Humanities


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100 ALLE
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100 ALLE
Room Building Number of candidates
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