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PHI2005 : Consciousness, Art and Technology

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module focuses on key developments in the arts, with particular reference to the avant-garde, and philosophy in the twentieth century. We will consider the political potential of art and key ideas from twentieth-century continental philosophy. We will also consider the relation, and overlap, between art and philosophy.

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics covered will include things such as:
-       Art and revolution
-       Dada and anti-art
-       Surrealism and unconscious
-       Transgression
-       Postmodernism
-       Spectacle
-       Marxism
-       Sound, music and technology

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion401:0040:00Prepare and complete essays
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching201:0020:00Seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1120:00120:00Review lecture material, books and articles and prepare for small group teaching
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
PHI2105Consciousness, Art and Technology (Study Abroad Semester 1)
PHI2205Consciousness, Art and Technology (Study Abroad Semester 2)
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce central themes in the philosophy of art and provide an introduction to basic concepts and techniques in Poststructuralism.

Seminars allow students to try out and critically engage with the themes, concepts and techniques as set out in the lectures to specific artworks.

Reading and reflecting on books and articles will take place in private study

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A502000 words
Essay2A502000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essays test the ability to think creatively, self-critically and independently as well as managing one’s own work to set time limits. This assessment method also gauges the students’ ability to move between generalisation and appropriately detailed discussion, and to cite relevant texts and interpret them adequately.

Students will be assessed on their knowledge of the way in which philosophers have discussed notions of the relationship between consciousness and the unconsciousness and the stakes of the technological transformation of artistic techniques for our understanding of artworks.

Reading Lists