Perspectives on Beauty in Art
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Undergraduate Level 3
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- Domestic student fee:
- $795.00 (AUD)
- HECS student fee:
- $706.00 (AUD)
- International student fee:
- $1,020.00 (AUD)
This unit will focus on the examination of the ideas and practices in relation to the subject of 'Beauty' in Visual Culture from both historical and contemporary perspectives. The unit is an introduction to not only the word 'beauty' in the everyday sense of its usage but also that of philosophies of aesthetics. That is, the theories of beauty relevant to art discourse. The unit will cover such topics as Biological Beauty, The Beautiful Landscape, Practising Beauty and Beauty and the Sublime.
Please note: This unit contains mature content including Sex/Sexual References, Adult themes, Nudity and may not be suitable for some students. Any student under the age of 18 attempting to enrol in this unit must first complete a parental consent form.
You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:
At the completion of this unit, you will be able to:
- identify and question the assumptions underlying current and historical approaches to ideas about aesthetics, especially the idea of Beauty and how these ideas relate to contemporary art
- compare and contrast differing cultural perspectives regarding Beauty, Ugliness, the Grotesque and the Sublime, in contemporary and historical Art
- propose, test and evaluate ideas central to your own research interests in terms of philosophies of aesthetics.
This unit addresses the following topics.
|1||Module One: Beautiful Ideas|
|2||Historical theories of beauty 1|
|4||Beauty and the sublime|
|5||Abstraction and psychoanalytical theories of beauty|
|7||Module Two: Living Beauty|
|8||The beautiful landscape|
This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:
- Audio/Video conferencing
- Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
- Online assignment submission
- Standard Media
- Web links
- Audio/Video - Streaming
- Printable format materials
- Resources and Links
Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.
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This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:
This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:
- Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
- In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Unibooks textbook list.
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