Course syllabus


AFON01, 5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2012/13
Decided by: Education Board 3
Date of Decision: 2012-04-20

General Information

Main field: Industrial Design.
Compulsory for: MID1
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


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.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
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.

Examination details

Grading scale: UG
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 number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: AFO632

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Forskare, Anna Petersson,