Syllabus academic year 2011/2012
(Created 2011-09-01.)
Credits: 5. Grading scale: UG. Cycle: A (Second Cycle). Main field: Industrial Design. Language of instruction: The course will be given in English. AFON01 overlaps following cours/es: AFO632. Compulsory for: MID1. Course coordinator: Professor Lars-Henrik Ståhl,, Architecture. 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 at increasing individual students’ abilities to think about aesthetical questions, including their own design projects. Its principal means is to exercise students individually in working practically on themes of design, in parallel with reading, writing and discussing aesthetical questions constructively and with full awareness of questions of the relevant theory. The aim is that each shall gain a better command of the conceptual apparatus he or she needs actively to take a critical part in contemporary debates and discussions of aesthetical questions. While the course aims to introduce students to aesthetics in general, each shall also be educated in independently expressing arguments that concern 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 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 introduces the general subject of aesthetics and its history, principally from the various aspects of’ design and practical exercises.

Articles chosen to illuminate the annual themes of the course.