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VIS8011 Aesthetic Theory (Masters)

Semester 2, 2014 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Arts and Communication

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Staffing

Examiner: David Akenson
Moderator: Kyle Jenkins

Requisites

Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: MARA

Rationale

This course critically examines aesthetic theories from pre-modern, modern and contemporary periods which have influenced artists both present and past. This course provides a more advanced level of knowledge and skills development of key debates within art history, theory and practice focusing primarily on the design, development and final production of a professional project by each student. This is done through the development and production of either written or practical studio research.

Synopsis

Students undertaking this course will gain an advanced level of knowledge covering aesthetic theory from some of the Western world's most important philosophers. The course will provide the material for the student to critically reflect on the connection between aesthetics, philosophy and contemporary debates and critical rejoinders to those earlier theories.

Objectives

On successful completion of this course, students will have:

  1. an advanced level of specialised knowledge in ancient, modern and contemporary aesthetic theory
  2. a demonstrated ability to discuss and evaluate a range of aesthetic problems and broader debates through critical responses to key texts in aesthetics
  3. an integrated understanding of knowledge and how it applies to a specific discipline area and associated practice.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Hellenic Philosophy to Empiricism and Rationalism 25.00
2. From Phenomenology to Poststructuralism 25.00
3. Psychoanalysis and the Return of the Real 25.00
4. Contemporary Debates in Aesthetics 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2014&sem=02&subject1=VIS8011)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)

  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Berger, D 2009, Kant?s aesthetic theory: the beautiful and the agreeable, Continuum, London.
    (Electronic Resource.)
  • Evangeliou, C 2006, Hellenic philosophy: origin and character, Ashgate, Aldershot, England.
    (Electronic Resource.)
  • Gaut, B & Lopes, D (ed.) 2001, The Routledge companion to aesthetics, Routledge, London.
  • Halsall, F, Jansen, J & O?Connor, T (eds) 2009, Rediscovering aesthetics: transdisciplinary voices from art history, philosophy and art practice, Stanford University Press, Stanford, California.
  • James, D 2009, Art, myth and society in Hegel?s aesthetics, Continuum, London.
    (Electronic Resource.)
  • Townsend, D 2001, Hume?s aesthetic theory: taste and sentiment, Routledge, London.
    (Electronic Resource.)
  • West, D 1996, An introduction to continental philosophy, Polity Press, Cambridge, UK.

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ESSAY 2000 WORDS 100 30 18 Aug 2014
JOURNAL QUESTIONS 100 20 13 Oct 2014
RESEARCH PAPER 3000 WORDS 100 50 03 Nov 2014

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. Students may be assigned an "Incomplete" grade to signify that all the requirements of the course have not yet been met. Students who are graded "I" can pass the course by successfully completing such additional work as prescribed by the examiner by a given date. Students who have been awarded an IM, ISM, IDM or IDB grade must access information regarding further work to be completed, in the Student Centre of U Connect. The Grades Page in the Student Centre contains information about further work to be completed. Students who have not completed the additional work to the satisfaction of the examiner by the given date will receive the appropriate Failing grade.

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.