Classical Aesthetics and its Legacy

Module code: HA3020
Module co-ordinator: Dr Simon Richards

Module Overview

This module provides an overview of different theories in the history of art and aesthetics that proliferated in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Our main aim, however, will be to demonstrate how many of the most powerful ideas – the ones we take for granted – rest upon the most ancient sources. Much of the course, therefore, will be devoted to a close examination of the aesthetics of Plato and Aristotle.


  • 20 hours of lectures
  • 10 hours of seminars
  • 120 hoursof guided independent study


  • Essay, 2,500 words (50%)
  • Exam, 2 hours (35%)
  • (Joint) presentation, 15 minutes (15%)