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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL1009: Philosophies of Art

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Module Aims

The module aims to make you familiar with enduring debates in the philosophy of art and aesthetics, and how these connect to philosophical issues in other areas of the discipline, such as ethics and the philosophy of perception and emotion. The module speaks to those with an interest in the interdisciplinary study of the arts, and introduces ways in which philosophical thinking can be applied to real-life concerns. Core areas of the module will be “research-led”, in the sense that it will be informed by the module leader’s current research projects concerning perception and emotion. 

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Demonstrate familiarity with major movements in the history of Philosophy of Art;
2. Demonstrate understanding of key philosophical problems surrounding topics in Aesthetics, and existing responses to these problems;
Discipline-Specific Skills3. Illustrate a variety of philosophical positions on a specific topic;
4. Critically evaluate, orally and in writing, several philosophical positions;
Personal and Key Skills5. Engage in complex arguments verbally and in small groups;
6. Analyse, critically engage with, and report accurately upon, existing written material while articulating it within a structured and cogent argument; and
7. Demonstrate the ability to work independently, within a limited time frame, and without access to external sources, to complete a specified task.