Aesthetics

A.Y. 2020/2021
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
M-FIL/04
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide students with the basic notions and a historical overview of the main aesthetic theories. The proposed path will address the fundamental questions and authors of the aesthetic discipline (intended both as a theory of sensibility and as a theory of art), also taking into consideration their interdisciplinary connections with other domains such as: semiotics, art history, history of literature, media history and theory, psychology, anthropology, cognitive neurosciences. The students will be able to employ the acquired notions particularly in the professional areas of editor of texts and images, operators in the field of education and popularization, operator of cultural projects in the public and private domain.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding:
The students will acquire a basic knowledge of the main theories (both of continental and analytic tradition) developed throughout the history of aesthetics. Along this path, the students will be introduced to the fundamental authors and concepts of the aesthetic discipline (intended both as a theory of sensibility and as a theory of art), to its main methods and to its specific terminology.

Ability to apply knowledge and understanding
The students will acquire the skills necessary to apply the conceptual framework of aesthetics to situations pertaining to the sensible or artistic experience, having recourse to an adequate specific lexicon. They will be able to orient themselves among the main theoretical models (both of continental and analytic tradition) and in the corresponding literature. They will apply the acquired competences to the reading and critical comment of fundamental texts of the history of aesthetics.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
In case of Emergency Didactics there will be no change concerning either the Programme or the Materials.
The lesson will be in synchronous modality on the platform Teams and will be integrated in asynchronous modality (audiovisual recordings and materials in .pdf format) available on the platform Ariel.
The modalities of examination will not change and will be performed on the platform Teams.
Course syllabus
The students will acquire a knowledge of the key concepts of the aesthetic discipline.
The course will tackle the main theories of aesthetics as a philosophical reflexion on the sensible experience (aesthesiology) and as a philosophical reflection on the arts.
The course will offer in particular a focus on the social and anthropological implications of the aesthetic experience.
Prerequisites for admission
No prior knowledge is needed.
Teaching methods
- Frontal lessons
- Powerpoint presentations
- Discussion in the classroom
Teaching Resources
Programme for attending students (6 CFU):

- Materials available on the site of the course on the platform: https://ariel.unimi.it/
- G. Simmel, Stile moderno. Saggi di estetica sociale, Einaudi, Torino 2020.

Programme for attending students (9 CFU):

- Materials available on the site of the course on the platform: https://ariel.unimi.it/
- G. Simmel, Stile moderno. Saggi di estetica sociale, Einaudi, Torino 2020.
- A. Gell, Arte e agency. Una teoria antropologica, Raffaello Cortina, Milano 2021.

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Programme for non attending students (6 CFU):

- Materials available on the site of the course on the platform https://ariel.unimi.it/
- G. Simmel, Stile moderno. Saggi di estetica sociale, Einaudi, Torino 2020.
- M. Dufrenne, L'occhio e l'orecchio, Il Castoro, Milano 2004.

Programme for non attending students (9 CFU):

- Materials available on the site of the course on the platform https://ariel.unimi.it/
- G. Simmel, Stile moderno. Saggi di estetica sociale, Einaudi, Torino 2020.
- M. Dufrenne, L'occhio e l'orecchio, Il Castoro, Milano 2004.
- A. Gell, Arte e agency. Una teoria antropologica, Raffaello Cortina, Milano 2021.
- E. Dissanayake, L'infanzia dell'estetica. L'origine evolutiva delle pratiche artistiche, Mimesis, Milano 2015.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The examination will consist of an oral exam on the topics addressed in the course, in order to assess knowledge, understanding, and ability to apply knowledge and understanding. Attending students will be tested on the assignments for attending students and on the subjects exposed during the course; non attending students will be tested on the assignments for non attending students.
Evaluation criteria:
- knowledge of the theoretical aspects of the topics discusses during the course (exposition);
- ability to exemplify concepts (understanding);
- capacity of use and apply concepts (development);
- use of language.
Unita' didattica A
M-FIL/04 - AESTHETICS - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
M-FIL/04 - AESTHETICS - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
M-FIL/04 - AESTHETICS - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor(s)
Reception:
Until further notice the office hours will be on the platform Teams: please contact me via mail from your institutional address @studenti.unimi.it