Level of Study
Spring in odd years
Place of Instruction
Objectives and Content
The course will provide an introduction to philosophical issues and positions that are central to philosophical aesthetics and the theoretical reflection of the aesthetic subjects. The course is primarily a thematic approach, but classics are also a central position. Examples of important topics is the definition of art, aesthetic experience, art and acknowledgment, and taste.
After completing the course, students should be familiar with the main concepts and theories of aesthetics.
After completing the course, the student should be able to
- thoroughly understand philosophical aesthetics
- explain important positions in philosophical aesthetics
- identify and critically analyze various theories within the topics of the course
The course provides a basis for further studies aimed at the bachelor's degree with a specialisation in philosophy. In combination with other courses the student will be eligible for the teaching of philosophy in secondary school or upper secondary school. The course may also be suitable to support specialization in fundamental questions in connection with the study of other subjects.
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Specialized study courses presuppose good background knowledge in philosophy, and students should normally have finished their exams in all 100-level cumpolsory courses. A good proficiency in English is necessary since it ought to be assumed that much of the prescribed reading will be in English.
Access to the Course
The course is open to students admitted at the University of Bergen
Teaching and learning methods
Teaching is offered in the form of lectures and/or seminars.
The number of gatherings may be reduced if the number of students attending the course is less than 4. In that case, the students will be compensated with individual or group tutoring.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
An approval of compulsory requirements is valid for three semesters, including the semester in which the approval is given.
Submission of a draft of the semester assignment paper before supervision.
Supervision of the semester assignment.
Forms of Assessment
Two written assignments to be handed in before a deadline set by the department. The first assignment is between 1500 and 2000 words (excluding table of contents, list of references, etc.). The second assignment is between 2500 and 3000 words (excluding table of contents, list of references, etc.), and is supervised. Each student chooses her or his own subject, which has to be approved by the supervisor in advance. With regards to the final grade, the first assignment makes up 30 % and the supervised assignment 70 % of the grade.
Exams in the course are held every semester.
The compulsory activities have to be formally approved before one can take an exam in the course.
From A to F
The teaching will be evaluated from time to time.