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Code 16445
Year 2
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 4
Workload TP(45H)
Scientific area Social and Human Sciences
Entry requirements N.A.
Learning outcomes This curricular unit aims to develop and deepen the capacity for critical analysis of contemporary design production, in which reasoning and aesthetic language penetrate. In this way, different ways of interpreting industrial design are provided, allowing plural reflection on both the objects and the discipline.
a) Analyze and criticize aesthetic objects from multiple perspectives;
b) Examine, understand and contextualize contemporary works of art and design;
c) Develop a critical voice on object design and its different implications;
d) Apply aesthetic knowledge and a sense of taste to design practice.
Syllabus Program themes:

1. Introduction: notion, history and problems of Aesthetics,

2. Aesthetics and philosophy
2.1. Aesthetic object
2.2 Aesthetic experience

3. Aesthetics, Criticism and Art
3.1 Nature of criticism
3.2 Functions of criticism
3.3 Modes of criticism
3.3.1 Hermeneutics
3.3.2 Semiotics
3.3.3 Phenomenology
3.3.4 Rhetoric

4. Design and Aesthetics
4.1 Form and function
4.1.1 Mediation/Sharing
4.1.2 Politics
4.1.3 History

5. Conclusion: aesthetics, design and technique
Main Bibliography BARTHES, R. (2007). Crítica e Verdade, Lisboa, Edições 70.
BEARDSLEY, M. C., HOSPERS, J., Estética, Historia y Fundamentos, Madrid, Ediciones Cátedra, 1997.
BENJAMIN, W., “A obra de arte na era da sua reprodutibilidade técnica”, in Sobre arte, técnica, linguagem e política, Lisboa, Relógio D’Água, 1992.
BERGER, J. (2018). Modos de ver, Lisboa, Antígona.
EAGLETON, T. (2005). The Function of Criticism, London, Verso Books.
HEIDEGGER, M., Origem da obra de arte, Lisboa, Ed.70, 1991.
KANT, Crítica da faculdade do juízo [Kritik der Urteilskraft, 1790], Lisboa, Imprensa Nacional-Casa da Moeda, 1992.
KIVY, P., Blackwell guide to aesthetics, Malden, Blackwell, 2004.
LLANO, A., La nueva sensibilidad, 2aed., Madrid, Espasa-Calpe, 19
RANCIÈRE, J. (2010). Ética e política. A partilha do sensível, Dafne Editora.
ROSS, P. R., & WENSVEEN, S. A. G. (2010). Designing aesthetics of behavior in interaction: Using aesthetic experience as a mechanism for design. International Journal of Design, 4(2), 3-13.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria The assessment methodology includes a final written test on the topics covered in the syllabus, followed by an oral defense in class in which the skills to be assessed are knowledge of the topics, reading and analysis of the texts of the referential authors and their critical examination.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2023-09-27

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