Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Aesthetics II

Aesthetics II
Second semester
Main language of instruction: Spanish

Other languages of instruction: Catalan

Teaching staff

Dr. MOYA RUIZ, Albert - amoya@uic.es

By appointment by email.


The Aesthetics II course is presented as an in-depth course on the incidence and implications of the aesthetic dimension in the humanistic and cultural context and in areas outside of these, such as politics, religion or economics.

The course will cover a theoretical and practical itinerary that, starting from an initial approach to the controversial modern notion of aesthetics, will go into the analysis of contemporary artistic languages, establishing their relationships with mass culture, ethics, visual culture or cinema.

Pre-course requirements

Although it is not an indispensable requirement, it is recommended to have taken the Aesthetics I course to acquire the basic knowledge that allows a more in-depth study of the specialised topics suggested in this course.


Essentially, the course aims for the student to acquire a set of skills and knowledge that will allow them to make an accurate and well-founded diagnosis about the indispensable role that aesthetics plays in the cultural, social and political environment of our time, as well as interpreting with solid and precise arguments the function and significance that contemporary art fulfils in our societies.

The intention, therefore, is not only to provide the student with critical abilities to analyse new languages but also to help them understand the aesthetic and historical foundations of creative work within the industrial culture. The use of concepts and tools developed by the aesthetic tradition will allow the student a more detailed and rich knowledge of the humanistic discourse and will help them to understand the existing relationship between current and traditional exchanges of information, that is, to see the continuity and the ruptures that new languages and new technologies represent in the symbolic, iconic and cognitive production.


  • E06 - Awareness of and respect for different points of view resulting from cultural and social diversity.
  • E17 - To acquire knowledge of the situation in Europe from a comparative perspective.
  • E39 - Ability to criticise and self-criticise in an intercultural dialogue and the ability to adapt and converse in a multi- or intercultural setting (versatility, ability to handle unforeseen problems and generate alternative solutions).
  • G01 - To analyse and interpret social and cultural environments to identify need, opportunities, weaknesses and strenghts..
  • G02 - To lead, cooordinate and form part of interdisciplinary work teams.

Learning outcomes

1. Applies acquired language skills to oral and written expression

2. Acquires key concepts in the field of aesthetics that influence humanistic and cultural discourse.

3. Know and select specific documentation of the modern and contemporary aesthetic field.

4. Applies theoretical knowledge in analysis and debates activities and in autonomous work
5. Practice individual and group work strategies
6. Learn to contextualize social and political phenomena
7. Relate concepts of the different subjects worked 
8. Learn to diagnose problems in the intellectual, social and political spheres
9. Read and analyze essays on current topics
10. Applies / transfers theoretical and / or abstract concepts of aesthetics to real situations


Topic 1: Towards a definition of aesthetics in the contemporary world.

Topic 2: Aesthetics and mass art

Topic 3: Aesthetics and politics

Topic 4: Ethics and aesthetics in the contemporary context

Topic 5: Art and cinema

Teaching and learning activities

In person

The teaching-learning methodology combines master classes, discussions, presentations by the students, research of information and writing individual essays.

Evaluation systems and criteria

In person

The evaluation system will consist fundamentally of a written exam based on the theoretical-practical topics worked throughout the course and on the oral presentation and defence of an individual project that will have been previously assigned by the professor. This work is mandatory and indispensable to be able to pass the course. The percentage corresponding to each of the elements to be evaluated will be the following:

Final written exam 60%

Individual and oral project 30%

Class attendance and active participation 10%

To pass the course the student must attend at least 80% of the classes.

In the final exam and individual project the orthographic rules of the faculty will be applied, by which each spelling mistake involves the loss of 0.2 points.

Bibliography and resources

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BEARDSLEY, M.C. HOSPERS, J. Estética. Historia y Fundamentación. Madrid: Cátedra 2007.

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