Course Syllabus

2014 Syllabus

PHL 360-400:

Philosophy and the Arts

 

Instructor Information

Dr. S. Jenkins

stephanie.jenkins@oregonstate.edu

http://oregonstate.edu/cla/shpr/stephanie-jenkins

 

Course Description

Course will cover major philosophical theories about art and its meaning, from ancient to modern times. Topics will include how philosophers have understood beauty, the imagination, art and knowledge, art and pleasure, art and emotion. Please note: this offering of PHL 360 is a special section of “Philosophy and the Arts” that will explore course content in the context of Phish’s 2014 Summer Tour. There is a required experiential component for which students will “attend” 3 concerts in person or electronically.

 

Learning Resources

Bicknell, Why Music Moves Us, 2010. ISBN: 0230209904

Attendance, in person or virtually, at 3 Phish 2014 Summer Tour concerts

For ticket and tour information, visit: http://phish.com/tours/summer-2014/

For webcasting information (TBA), visit: http://livephish.com

Streaming media

Microphone (recommended)

Additional reading assignments (available via Blackboard)

 

Blackboard

This course will be delivered via Blackboard where you will interact with your classmates and with your instructor. Within the course Blackboard site you will access the learning materials, such as the syllabus, class discussions, assignments, and projects. To preview how an online course works, visit the Ecampus Course Demo. For technical assistance, please visit Ecampus Technical Help.

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Recognize and define key philosophical concepts in philosophy of art and music
  2. Identify and communicate the main arguments, problems, and themes in assigned course readings through written responses
  3. Analyze and critically respond to philosophical arguments
  4. Apply conceptual tools to critically interpret and evaluate examples of contemporary musical using philosophical analysis
  5. Reinterpret and synthesize experiences with live musical performance using philosophical tools to provide greater meaning and significance to those experiences.

 

Evaluation of Student Performance

Term grades are based on the following scale.

 

Grade Percentage Grade Percentage
A 93-100% C 73-76%
A- 90-92% C- 70-72%
B+ 87-89% D+ 67-69%
B 83-86% D 63-66%
B- 80-82% D- 60-62%
C+ 77-79% F Below 60%

 

 

Points are earned from the following sources:

  1. Discussions [8 total]: 50 points each, 400 total
  2. Reflective Reading responses [8 total]: 100 points each, 800 total
  3. Concert field notes [3 total]: 100 points each, 300 total

Total possible: 1500 points

Course Content

 

Week Topic Reading Assignments Learning Activities Due Dates
1 Introductions &Musical Ontology Tolstoy, “What is Art?”Bicknell, Preface

 

Kania, “Making Tracks”

 

Assorted links

 

Online discussion;Reading response #1 First post due Wed., second and third posts due by FridayReading response due Fri.
2 Aesthetics Kant, “Analytic of the Beautiful”Gracyk, Chapter 4

 

Hanslick, Chapter 3

 

Assorted links

 

Online discussion;Reading response #2 First post due Wed., second and third posts due by FridayReading response due Fri.

 

[Fieldnotes due 48 hours after concert]

3 Music as World Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy & Ecce Homo excerpts Cox, “Nietzsche, Dionysus, and the Ontology of Music”

 

Assorted links

 

Online discussion;Reading response #3 First post due Wed., second and third posts due by FridayReading response due Fri.

 

[Fieldnotes due 48 hours after concert]

4 Musical Affect Bicknell, Chapters 3 & 4DeChaine, “Affect & Embodied Understanding in Musical Experience”

 

Assorted links

 

Online discussion;Reading response #4 First post due Wed., second and third posts due by FridayReading response due Fri.

 

[Fieldnotes due 48 hours after concert]

5 Sublime Bicknell, Chapters 1, 2, & 7Kant, Critique of Judgment excerpts

 

Assorted links

 

Online discussion;Reading response #5 First post due Wed., second and third posts due by FridayReading response due Fri.

 

[Fieldnotes due 48 hours after concert]

6 Community Bicknell, Chapters 5 & 6Drabinski, “The Everyday Miracle of the Occasional Community”

 

Assorted links

 

 

Online discussion;Reading response #6 First post due Wed., second and third posts due by FridayReading response due Fri.

 

[Fieldnotes due 48 hours after concert]

7 Music, Life, & Value Bicknell, ConclusionHiggins, “Music or the Mistaken Life”

 

Foucault & Boulez, “Contemporary Music and the Public”

 

Assorted links

 

 

Online discussion;Reading response #7 First post due Wed., second and third posts due by FridayReading response due Fri.

 

[Fieldnotes due 48 hours after concert]

8 Politics Alperson & Carroll, “Music, Morality, & Mind”Thompson, “Thoreau-ing Stones”

 

 

Foucault, “Of Other Spaces”

 

Assorted links

 

 

Online discussion;Reading response #8 First post due Wed., second and third posts due by FridayReading response due Fri.

 

[Fieldnotes due 48 hours after concert]

 

 

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