AK2010 Aesthetics and Technology 7.5 credits

Estetik och teknik

This is a course on the esthetic aspects of technology. The fundamental concepts of aesthetics are introduced, and so are its relations to technology and natural science. We study the relations of the different arts to technology,and discuss for instance the effects of digitalization on music, the visual arts, photography, film and literature. This is an interdisciplinary course that has its main focus on aesthetics but also treats issues from musicology, cinema studies, art, design and literature studies, etc. Its purpose is to provide intellectual tools for critical analysis and understanding of aesthetic values related to technology.

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

The fundamental concepts of aesthetics are introduced, and in particular their relation to technology and science. We study the relations of the arts to technology, and discuss for instance the effects of digitalization on music, visual art, photography, film and literature. This is an interdisciplinary course that has its main focus on aesthetics but also relates to academic studies of art, film, music, literature etc.

Intended learning outcomes *

After completed course the student should be able to

  • outline and explain the concept of art in some of its most important variants,
  • describe important connections between the developments of technology and of art,
  • analyse the effects of current technological developments, e.g. digitalisation, on forms of art,
  • analyse, in an independent manner, an issue relating to the interplay betweem technology and aesthetics.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

120 credits in technology or natural sciences, as well as Swedish B and English B (from Swedish gymnasium) or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

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Equipment

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Literature

Course literature will be announced no later than four weeks before the course starts.

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination *

  • DEL1 - Attendance, 1.5 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercises, 3.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade *

Attendance (DEL1;1,5 cr)
Exercises (ÖVN1;3 cr)
Final examination (TEN1;3 cr).

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Examiner

John Cantwell

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web AK2010

Offered by

ABE/Philosophy

Main field of study *

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Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Contact

Sven Ove Hansson, 08-790 9564, soh@kth.se

Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.