Syllabus academic year 2008/2009
(Created 2008-07-17.)

Higher education credits: 9. Grading scale: UG. Level: A (Second level). Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish. Compulsory for: MD4. Course coordinator: Professor Lars-Henrik Ståhl,, Inst för arkitektur och byggd miljö. Prerequisites: AFO061, Aesthetics I. Assessment: The individual student can either Pass or Fail. To achieve a Pass, he or she must have submitted material that is approved and shall in addition have at least an eighty per cent active attendance at seminars and lectures.

The course aims to enlarge individual students’ abilities to reflect critically about questions of aesthetics, including their own design projects, principally by exercising them in dealing in practice with a design task while they read about, write on and discuss questions to do with aesthetics in a constructive way and in full awareness of theoretical considerations. The aim is that they shall acquire a better command of the conceptual means of actively taking a critical part in contemporary debates and discussions about aesthetics. They shall also individually be exercised in independently expressing opinions about aesthetical matters, while the course aims at providing them with a general introduction to aesthetics.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

The course builds further in Aesthetics I and includes a fundamental survey of concepts and traditions in aesthetics that are of central importance to difference processes of designing, as well as discussions of products and their contexts. It includes education in the use of sketching and presentation techniques. It introduces the general subject of aesthetics and its history, principally from various aspects of design and practical exercises.

Articles chosen to illuminate the annual themes of the course.