Course Content and Outcome Guide for PHL 222
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- PHL 222
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- Philosophy of Art and Beauty
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Course DescriptionIntroductory course exploring individual and cultural assumptions about the nature of art and aesthetic expression. Applies a philosophical approach to the study of art forms from many world cultures. In seminar/workshop format, the class involves the study of a variety of media and genres, with possible field trips to museums, galleries gardens, and performing arts events. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Students completing this course should be able to:
? Read and critically assess writings on the philosophy of art in order to understand the historical and contemporary interpretations of art.
? Recognize and reflect on the issues that pertain to aesthetics in order to identify and comprehend the presence of art and beauty within a given
? Effectively communicate aesthetic insights on how art impacts a given culture in order to stimulate a sense of social and environmental responsibility.
? Recognize and reflect on cultural perspectives in aesthetics in order to overcome ethnocentrism and comprehend cultural differences.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
- Essays in the form of in-class exams, short papers, or term papers
- Short-answer exams
- Reading and field trip journals
- Attendance and participation in class discusions and student presentations
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
- The nature of art, works of art, and aesthetic contemplation
- Art as an archetypal response to human experience
- Habitat, geography, and culture as determiners of artistic media
- The functions art has fulfilled in human culture for millennia: Art for Intervention, Art for Affiliation, Art for Documentation, Art for Aesthetic Contemplation
- Major theories in Western Aesthetics: Mimetic, Pragmatic, Emotionalist, and Formalist
- Standards of taste, interpretation, and the arts.
- The role of the critic, consumer, and gallery in shaping aesthetic experience
- The social and political context of art
- Read, analyze, and discuss philosophical writings on aesthetics
- Critique and challenge philosophpical and cultural perspectives in aesthetic judgment
- Write in a style which is original, coherent, and convincing about works of art and issues in aesthetic theory