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Course Name
Turkish Sanat ve Politika
English Art and Politics
Course Code
STD 607E Credit Lecture
Semester -
3 3 - -
Course Language English
Course Coordinator Gürcan Koçan
Gürcan Koçan
Course Objectives To advance detailed critical understanding of a range of arguments about political and aesthetics concepts central to contemporary art theories
To foster the ability to analyze and assess opposing arguments in theories of art and politics
To cultivate appreciation of the relevance of arguments in theory of art to contemporary political issues and the ability to apply arguments in theories of art to a range of such issues
To develop deeper understanding of key aesthetics and political concepts
Course Description This seminar course aims to introduce students some key philosophical concepts and a set of central claims of art in relation to politics. The first part of the course introduces central concepts in aesthetics and the philosophy of art and the general approach underlying research in art. The central questions of this section are: What is art, and can it ever be defined? Are there objective standards for determining artistic value or is beauty in the eye of the beholder?” What is aesthetic taste? Is there such a thing as good taste? Can we prove that one work of art or aesthetic taste is better than another? What is the meaning of a work of art? How does art relate to emotion? Does art give us knowledge? What does our experience of art tell us about the nature of reality? The second part of the course will explore various issues surrounding freedom of expression in relation to art. It will explore bases of freedom of expression in the political theories in order to provide a general framework to what should be understood by the concept of “freedom” in the concept of art. Areas covered will include: (i) Theoretical frameworks for analyzing freedom of expression, defamation, hate expressions, obscenity, and pornography in art; (ii) Justifications for freedom of expression in art and how restrictions on freedom of expression art related issues might themselves be justified.
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