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The student gets a broad view on philosophies of art and art theory, here with a focus on philosophical work done in the European continent, together with a cluster of non-Western classics.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 18.01.2021 - 29.03.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Max Ryynänen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Max Ryynänen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    We will read well and discuss thoroughly a set of texts in philosophy and theory of art. The theme varies from year to year.


Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Coursework and course participation.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    20 hours of contact teaching, 115h independent work. (Doctoral students: 26 hours.) Pagewise not much, but challenging reading. (Doctoral students: different reading list.) Essay writing.Requirement of all schedules activities a minimum of 80%.


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The study materials for the course are given on the course and/or in the course blog (in that case, sent to the students before the course starts)

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Philosophy and Theory of Art 1