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Aesthetics Seminar

Description
Using the book, `The shape of a pocket,´ by John Berger, the student makes a select study of some the images which appear in the book and a more profound reading of the texts which accompany them.
Type Subject
Optativa
Semester
First
Credits
3.00
Previous Knowledge

The knowledge of Construction, Projects and History which correspond to fourth and fifth year students.

Objectives

1. To discover the reality and the relationships between art and architecture from the perspective implied in the book.

2. To understand all the contemporary aspects related to the profession and the need for a continued training.

Contents

1. Reading of extracts from the book.
2. Collection of the aforementioned images.
3. Evaluation of their importance in relation to the texts.
4. Elaboration and manipulation of the texts which accompany the images.
5. Application of the concepts dealt with in the book to the world of architecture.

Methodology

The subject is based on the close collaboration between the tutor and the student in the analysis and decision-making process of the use of the material available.
In the first phase, each student chooses a chapter, interprets it, collects the relevant images and then makes her/his proposal.
In the second phase, the students form groups in order to work together with their chosen texts and make a joint proposal.
In the final part of the course, this `other´ way of contemplating reality in the analysis of works is examined.

Capacity to analyse and synthesize.
Capacity to plan and organise.
Basic general knowledge of the area of study.
Capacity to criticise and auto-criticise
Teamwork
Capacity to communicate with inexpert people on the subject.
Research skills.
Capacity to learn.
Capacity to generate new ideas (creativity)

Evaluation

E. Reports
G. Practical exercises done on computer.
I. Presentations.
J. Class participation.

Evaluation Criteria

Objective 1. To discover the reality and the relationships between art and architecture from the perspective implied in the book. The students has to show her/his ability to understand the conceptual meaning of the texts. [E]

Objective 2. To understand all the contemporary aspects related to the profession and the need for a continued training. The student has to show his/her ability to relate architecture to the texts. [I]

Basic Bibliography

John Berger. `The shape of a pocket´. Taurus, 2004.

Additional Material

Other texts by John Berger.