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53151-01 - Seminar: Empirische Ästhetik. Eine Einführung 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2018
Angebotsmuster unregelmässig
Dozierende Moniek Kuijpers (moniek.kuijpers@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Gerhard Lauer (gerhard.lauer@unibas.ch)
Inhalt Empirical aesthetics is a field of research on the border between the Humanities and the Social Sciences: it uses scientific methods to investigate the causes, nature, and effects of aesthetic experiences and behavior. This course gives an overview of the history and development of the field of empirical aesthetics in general and empirical literary studies in particular. It will also go into the practicalities of doing empirical work in the Humanities.

In the past decades interest has grown in scientific approached to aesthetic artefacts, may they be literary texts, visual artworks, films or even performances. This interest stems from a desire to investigate these aesthetic objects in a more rigorous, scientific way. The results of such investigations help us cultivate a deeper understanding of aesthetic phenomena and, perhaps more importantly, what they mean to individuals and societies.
This course will give a historical overview of the field of empirical aesthetics and relate to more traditional Humanities as well as other emerging fields, such as the Digital Humanities. We will also discuss a number of recent models of aesthetic appreciation, to provide you with an overview of the current state of the art in empirical aesthetics.
Together we will discuss some of the most seminal theoretical and empirical research papers of the field and discuss questions such as: what are the merits and pitfalls of using empirical approaches to capture subjective experience; and how to evaluate the validity of empirical research?
After this more theoretical overview, we will continue with a more practical, hands-on look at conducting empirical research, culminating in group presentations and reports on a self-chosen and developed mock-up empirical research project.

This block seminar is open for and aimed at students from literary studies (or any specific language studies), theatre and film studies, visual arts, musicology and media and communication studies at both the BA and the MA level. Be advised that the course will be in English and that you will be asked to present in English and write a brief report in English.

The course comprises two blocks.

1/ First block: 24, 25 and 26 October
First day (14:00-17:00):
- 14:00-15:30 Introduction Lecture (What is empirical aesthetics? How is it related to the traditional humanities? + Historical overview of the field) + Q&A
- 15:30-16:30 Discussion of overview papers
- 16:30 What are we going to do in this seminar?

Second day (10:00-17:00):
- 10:00-11:00 Lecture on “Current models of empirical aesthetics”
- 11:00-12:00 Discussion of papers
- 13:00-14:00 Make groups and brainstorm on a research topic and question
- 14:00-15:00 Lecture on “Doing empirical research: conceptual models and variables”
- 15:00-17:00 Spend time on developing a conceptual model in groups
Assignment: Look up example empirical studies on your topic and be prepared to give the rest of the class a brief overview

Third day (10:00-13:00):
- 10:00-11:00 Lecture on “Experimental designs and measures”
- 11:00-13:00 Discuss examples of empirical papers brought in by students (zoom in on method sections)
- 14:00-15:00 Lecture on “The practicalities of doing empirical research” (Research ethics, working with participants, data management, collaboration, validity)
- 15:00-17:00 Work on experiment design in groups + Q&A
Assignment: Prepare with your group a presentation of 20 minutes on your research project > introduce the topic and question, embed it in a theoretical framework and provide empirical studies it draws from/is based on, then explain how you would investigate this question empirically (conceptual model, experimental design, measures, validity).

In between the two blocks you can make an appointment to come in during office hours (Monday and Tuesday between 13:00 and 16:00 or Thursday and Friday between 10:00 and 13:00) to discuss your research project.


2/ Second block: 21, 22 and 23 November
First day (14:00-17:00):
- 14:00-15:00 Lecture on “Empirical Literary studies: The case of Absorption”
- 15:30-16:30 Discussion of example papers on absorption
- 16:30-17:00 Q&A

Second day (10:00-17:00):
- 10:00-13:00 First three student presentations
- 14:00-17:00 Second three student presentations

Third day (10:00-13:00):
- 10:00-11:00 Lecture on “The Fundamentals of Statistics”
- 11:00-12:00 Discuss results sections of example papers
- 12:00-13:00 Lecture on “The future of empirical aesthetics” ()

For anyone who would be interested in actually conducting their designed project, I am interested in and available to supervise BA and MA theses that use empirical methodologies.

Lernziele The overarching learning objective is to get acquainted with the field of empirical aesthetics and arrive at an understanding of how to set up and develop and empirical research project within the Humanities.
To achieve this aim, students will read empirical papers and discuss them in class, prepare and give a presentation on a mock-up empirical research project they developed themselves, and write a brief report on their project.
Literatur The reading list for this course will be made available 2 to 3 weeks before class. Be advised that you need to read papers before the first class in order to prepare yourself for participation in the class discussion.

The maximum number of participants is 12. The first 12 students who registered in MoNa will be entered in the course.

The language of the course is English. Students need to be aware that they will have to give a presentation in English and write a short report in English.

 

Teilnahmebedingungen Die Teilnehmerzahl ist auf 12 begrenzt.
Es gilt die Reihenfolge der Anmeldung auf MOnA.
Anmeldung zur Lehrveranstaltung Die Teilnehmerzahl ist auf 12 begrenzt.
Es gilt die Reihenfolge der Anmeldung auf MOnA.

Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz

 

Intervall Block
Datum 24.10.2018 – 23.11.2018
Zeit Mittwoch, 09.00-18.00 Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 209

The course comprises two blocks.

1/ First block: 24, 25 and 26 October
2/ Second block: 21, 22 and 23 November

Please see "Inhalt" for details!

Datum Zeit Raum
Mittwoch 24.10.2018 09.00-18.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 209
Donnerstag 25.10.2018 09.00-18.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 209
Freitag 26.10.2018 09.00-14.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Besprechung 003
Mittwoch 21.11.2018 09.00-18.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 209
Donnerstag 22.11.2018 09.00-18.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Seminarraum 209
Freitag 23.11.2018 09.00-14.00 Uhr Alte Universität, Besprechung 003
Module Modul Interphilologie: Literaturwissenschaft BA (Bachelor Studienfach Englisch)
Modul Interphilologie: Literaturwissenschaft BA (Bachelor Studienfach Altertumswissenschaften)
Modul Interphilologie: Literaturwissenschaft BA (Bachelor Studienfach Deutsche Philologie)
Modul Interphilologie: Literaturwissenschaft BA (Bachelor Studienfach Französistik)
Modul Interphilologie: Literaturwissenschaft BA (Bachelor Studienfach Hispanistik)
Modul Interphilologie: Literaturwissenschaft BA (Bachelor Studienfach Italianistik)
Modul Interphilologie: Literaturwissenschaft BA (Bachelor Studienfach Nordistik)
Modul Interphilologie: Literaturwissenschaft BA (Bachelor Studiengang Altertumswissenschaften)
Modul Interphilologie: Literaturwissenschaft MA (Master Studienfach Slavistik)
Modul Interphilologie: Literaturwissenschaft MA (Master Studienfach Englisch)
Modul Interphilologie: Literaturwissenschaft MA (Master Studienfach Deutsche Philologie)
Modul Interphilologie: Literaturwissenschaft MA (Master Studienfach Französistik)
Modul Interphilologie: Literaturwissenschaft MA (Master Studienfach Hispanistik)
Modul Interphilologie: Literaturwissenschaft MA (Master Studienfach Italianistik)
Modul Interphilologie: Literaturwissenschaft MA (Master Studienfach Deutsche Literaturwissenschaft)
Modul Interphilologie: Literaturwissenschaft MA (Master Studienfach Latinistik)
Modul Interphilologie: Literaturwissenschaft MA (Master Studienfach Nordistik)
Modul Interphilologie: Sprachwissenschaft BA (Bachelor Studienfach Englisch)
Modul Interphilologie: Sprachwissenschaft BA (Bachelor Studienfach Deutsche Philologie)
Modul Interphilologie: Sprachwissenschaft BA (Bachelor Studienfach Französistik)
Modul Interphilologie: Sprachwissenschaft BA (Bachelor Studienfach Hispanistik)
Modul Interphilologie: Sprachwissenschaft BA (Bachelor Studienfach Italianistik)
Modul Interphilologie: Sprachwissenschaft BA (Bachelor Studienfach Nordistik)
Modul Interphilologie: Sprachwissenschaft MA (Master Studienfach Slavistik)
Modul Interphilologie: Sprachwissenschaft MA (Master Studienfach Englisch)
Modul Interphilologie: Sprachwissenschaft MA (Master Studienfach Deutsche Philologie)
Modul Interphilologie: Sprachwissenschaft MA (Master Studienfach Französistik)
Modul Interphilologie: Sprachwissenschaft MA (Master Studienfach Hispanistik)
Modul Interphilologie: Sprachwissenschaft MA (Master Studienfach Italianistik)
Modul Interphilologie: Sprachwissenschaft MA (Master Studienfach Latinistik)
Modul Interphilologie: Sprachwissenschaft MA (Master Studienfach Nordistik)
Modul Probleme der Praktischen Philosophie (Bachelor Studienfach Philosophie)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Present a mock-up experiment (40%), write a brief report (30%), participation in class discussions (30%). Each of these components will be assessed with either a pass or a fail; students need at least two passes, to pass the overall course.
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen beliebig wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Departement Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften

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