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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Aesthetics
Module Code TP235
School 59
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Ian Leask
Semester 2: Ian Leask
Autumn: Ian Leask
Module TeachersIan Leask
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module provides philosophical reflection on art, beauty and taste. Students will consider the nature of these concepts and the nature of aesthetic experience and meaning.

Learning Outcomes

1. comprehend core concepts in aesthetics
2. develop philosophical analyses and construct arguments using primary and secondary text
3. apply knowledge of wide-ranging philosophical claims and ideas
4. critically evaluate arguments and long-standing problems in Western philosophy of art

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture22No Description
Independent Study103No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

art as 'copy of a copy'?

art as katharsis?

beauty as formal unity

objective beauty?

Renaissance aesthetics
the question of mimesis

taste & subjectivity

the sublime

the end of art?

tragedy and truth

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Hugh Bredin & Liberato Santoro-Brienza: 2000, Philosophies of Art and Beauty, Edinburgh UP,
  • Anne Sheppard: 1987, Aesthetics. An Introduction to the Philosophy of Art, Oxford UP,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BAJHBachelor of Arts (BAJH)

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