FI1106 - Aesthetics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours

Course content

What is art, aesthetics and art-criticism? How do aesthetic phenomena relate to our modern sensibilities, and the life within a modern culture? In what sense do film, literature, painting, installations or even commercials form and reflect our self-understanding? In what sense is the experience of art meaningful?

The lecture-series will offer a presentation and discussion of how aesthetic sensibility provides meaning, and of how different theoretical approaches contribute to our interpretation of aesthetic phenomena, in particular as found in phenomenology, existentialism, hermeneutics and critical theory. Simultaneously, we shall be concerned with concrete works of art and aesthetic practices, and explore the intimate relations between art, subjectivity and society. The lectures will be of interests to both students of the practical arts, as well as student concerned with interpretative issues within the modern field of aesthetics.

Learning outcome

- Familiarity with central modernist and post-modernist aesthetic theories
- Familiarity with central problems and aspects within the modern and contemporary field of art and aesthetics

- Ability to discuss and critically reflect over central modernist and post-modernist theory and art-criticism
- Ability to critically relate modern aesthetic phenomena to a contemporary modern culture and society

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, groups and self-study. In order to sit the exam, students must submit and get approved one written assignment (1600-3200 words, 12-point Times New Roman, 1.5 line spacing.) The written assignment is only given in the semester when the subject is taught, but is valid for this and the subsequent semester.

Compulsory assignments

  • Written assignment

Further on evaluation

Evaluation by four-hour written exam (no syllabus materials permitted).

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

The required reading list will be available at the beginning of the semester.


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Written examination 100/100 2017-12-16 09:00
Spring ORD Written examination 100/100
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
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