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Semester 1

The Rise of the Aesthetic: Art, Nature and the Ideal (HIAR10130)


History of Art





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Visiting students must have completed at least 3 History of Art courses at grade B or above; we will only consider University/College level courses. **Please note that History of Art courses have extremely limited spaces available, and are very popular, so students cannot be guaranteed a space in any History of Art course.** These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the History of Art department directly to request additional spaces.

Course Summary

This course examines the invention of aesthetics in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Britain and Germany.

Course Description

The philosophical concept of the aesthetic had its origins in the Enlightenment project of the rigorous study of all aspects of humanity, including the nature of sensuous experience, the relationship between sense and the mind, the difference between nature and art, the relationship between the arts, and the role of art in determining or defining the shape and meaning of human history. Students will engage in the texts via presentations, group work and by bringing to class examples from the history of the arts that amplify or challenge the ideas under discussion. In some years, there may also be a visit to the SNG where students will give group presentations on specific works using theoretical material from the module.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 50%, Coursework 50%, Practical Exam 0%

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