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Learning outcomes of the course unit

At the end of the course students acquire knowledge about a specific field of philosophy, aesthetics, and basic skills for teaching philosophy and other humanities.
- Knowledge and understanding.
Students will develop knowledge and understanding in the field of aesthetics through the use of different sources (manuals, books and scientific articles, conferences, multimedia materials, etc.) on the basic themes of the discipline as well as advanced research elements in this field.
- Applied knowledge and understanding.
Students will be able to apply the knowledge and comprehension skills useful for an initial preparation to the profession of the teacher of philosophy and other humanities, as well as other profiles attributable to the general field of training, of publishing, of cultural planning, the enhancement of cultural heritage. In particular, appropriate skills will be developed both to design and support arguments and to solve problems in the aesthetic field.
- Autonomy of judgement.
Students will develop data collection and interpretation skills to determine autonomous judgements in the field of aesthetics, including transversal reflections to other disciplines.
- Ability to communicate.
Thanks to the didactic method of the heuristic-socratic lesson, students will be able to communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to specialists and non-specialists.
- Ability to learn.
Thanks to the in-depth seminars, the students will develop learning skills necessary to complete, with a good degree of autonomy, further studies in aesthetics, but more generally to face the second cycle or continuing training courses.


No prerequisites are required.

Course contents summary

The course has an institutional character; it is an introduction to aesthetics as a philosophical discipline. After a first part dedicated to the modern birth of aesthetics, the lessons will focus on a theme of choice of the history of aesthetics: the landscape.

Recommended readings

M. Modica, Cos'รจ l'estetica, Editori Riuniti, latest edition.
P. D'Angelo (a cura di), Estetica del paesaggio, Il Mulino, latest edition.

Students who have already taken an Estetica exam will have to replace the M. Modica manual with one of the following volumes:
M. Jacob, Il Paesaggio, Il Mulino, ultima edizione.
M. Venturi Ferriolo, Oltre il giardino. Filosofia di paesaggio, Einaudi, 2019.

Teaching methods

Lectures, which will be conducted through the heuristic-Socratic method aimed at reflection and critical approach.

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam is oral and will focus on the topics presented in class and on the exam bibliography. An assessment of insufficiency is determined by the lack of knowledge of the minimum contents of the course; by the inability to express oneself adequately to the subject; by the lack of autonomous preparation; by the inability to resolve problems related to the retrieval of information and the decoding of texts; and the inability to make independent judgments and to communicate content, analysis and judgments in an argumentative manner, competent and convincing to both specialists and non-specialists.
A sufficient evaluation (18-23/30) is determined by an acceptable level of performance by the student of the evaluation indicators listed above; the average scores (24-27/30) are assigned to the student who demonstrates to possess a level more than sufficient (24-25/30) or good (26-27/30) of the evaluation indicators listed above; the highest scores are awarded based on the demonstration of an optimal to excellent level of the evaluation indicators listed above.

Other informations

The frequency of lessons is highly recommended. Students who are not able to follow the lessons via streaming are invited to contact the teacher.
There are no exercises or laboratory activities outside of the scheduled lessons.