Aesthetics and theory of the arts
Learning outcomes of the course unit
At the end of the course students acquire knowledge about a specific field of philosophy, aesthetics, and basic skills for teaching philosophy and other humanities.
- Knowledge and understanding.
Students will develop knowledge and understanding in the field of aesthetics through the use of different sources (manuals, books and scientific articles, conferences, multimedia materials, etc.) on the basic themes of the discipline as well as advanced research elements in this field.
- Applied knowledge and understanding.
Students will be able to apply the knowledge and comprehension skills useful for an initial preparation to the profession of the teacher of philosophy and other humanities, as well as other profiles attributable to the general field of training, of publishing, of cultural planning, the enhancement of cultural heritage. In particular, appropriate skills will be developed both to design and support arguments and to solve problems in the aesthetic field.
- Autonomy of judgement.
Students will develop data collection and interpretation skills to determine autonomous judgements in the field of aesthetics, including transversal reflections to other disciplines.
- Ability to communicate.
Thanks to the didactic method of the heuristic-socratic lesson, students will be able to communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to specialists and non-specialists.
- Ability to learn.
Thanks to the in-depth seminars, the students will develop learning skills necessary to complete, with a good degree of autonomy, further studies in aesthetics, but more generally to face the second cycle or continuing training courses.
No prerequisites are required.
Course contents summary
The course is dedicated to the aesthetics of the landscape and the environment.
In particular, the lessons will focus on contemporary debate.
Bibliography:F. Jullien, Vivere di paesaggio o l'impensato della ragione, Mimesis.
R. Messori, La descrizione animata. Arte, poetica e materialismo sensibile in Diderot, ETS (chapters 1 and 2).
P. D'Angelo, Estetica e paesaggio, Il Mulino. Those who have already passed the examination of Aesthetics of Landscape and Environment will have to replace the anthology edited by Paolo D'Angelo with: M. Jakob, Il paesaggio, Il mulino; or with: M. Venturi Ferriolo, Oltre il giardino. Filosofia del paesaggio, Einaudi.
In addition to the traditional frontal lesson (conducted in heuristic-Socratic mode), seminars will be offered on topics of study with teachers of the same discipline or other disciplinary fields, in order to encourage a comparison between different perspectives.
During the lessons will be projected slides with bibliographical references of suggested texts and schemes of synthesis of some fundamental passages.
Assessment methods and criteria
The exam includes a written part and an oral part. The report, whose topic will have to be agreed with the teacher, will be discussed during the first part of the oral exam. A lesson will be dedicated to the writing of the report at the end of the course.
An assessment of insufficiency is determined by the lack of knowledge of the minimum contents of the course; by the inability to express oneself adequately to the subject; by the lack of autonomous preparation; by the inability to resolve problems related to the retrieval of information and the decoding of texts; and the inability to make independent judgments and to communicate content, analysis and judgments in an argumentative manner, competent and convincing to both specialists and non-specialists.
A sufficient evaluation (18-23/30) is determined by an acceptable level of performance by the student of the evaluation indicators listed above; the average scores (24-27/30) are assigned to the student who demonstrates to possess a level more than sufficient (24-25/30) or good (26-27/30) of the evaluation indicators listed above; the highest scores are awarded based on the demonstration of an optimal to excellent level of the evaluation indicators listed above.
The frequency of lessons is highly recommended. Students who are not able to follow the lessons are invited to contact the teacher.
There are no exercises or laboratory activities outside of the scheduled lessons.