AK2010 Aesthetics and Technology 7.5 credits

Estetik och teknik

Please note

This course has been cancelled.

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.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

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

Last planned examination: spring 21.

At present this course is not scheduled to be offered.

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 main content

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.

Eligibility

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

Literature

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

Examination

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

Requirements for final grade

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

Offered by

ABE/Philosophy

Contact

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

Examiner

Sven Ove Hansson <sven-ove.hansson@abe.kth.se>

Version

Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2010.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2007.