The study of aesthetics

The study of aesthetics also calls for a comprehensive understanding of philosophical issues. This allows students to fulfil part of their major requirement through courses offered by the philosophy department, and other humanities and art-related courses. Aesthetics, also spelled esthetics, the philosophical study of beauty and taste. It is closely related to the philosophy of art, which is concerned with the nature of art and the concepts in terms of which individual works of art are interpreted and evaluated.

The study of aesthetics is important for human well being (physiological and psychological). It is also required to understand how to resolve problems of aesthetics such as ugliness and visual clutter, so as to make places more beautiful and visually pleasing.

These three aesthetic theories are most commonly referred to as Imitationalism, Formalism, and Emotionalism.

There are now three academic societies linked to the department of aesthetics whose members conduct seminars and organize study sessions. The oldest such society is the society for the study of history and philosophy, “Inshik gwa silcheon (Consciousness and Praxis).” The second is the literary society “Postif,” which succeeded the film club “if” and whose interest is not limited to specific areas of culture and art or to particular theories of culture. There is also the “Question Mark Society” whose members admit that they are social misfits but engage in the active questioning of political, economic, social and cultural issues.

Graduate are active as scholars of theories of art and culture. Many graduates play key roles as cultural experts responsible for devising cultural policies designed to foster research into Korean aesthetic thought and to promote the development of Korean culture in general. Many others may be found serving in critical capacities at institutions and firms dealing with culture and art.

  • Seminar in History of Aesthetics 1
  • Seminar in Contemporary Aesthetics 1
  • Seminar in Theory of Art History
  • Seminar in Theory of Music History
  • Studies in Ancient Aesthetic Thoughts
  • Seminar in History of Aesthetics 2
  • Seminar in Contemporary Aesthetics 2
  • Studies in Theory of Style in Art
  • Studies in History of Art Criticism
  • Studies in History of Music Ideas
  • Studies in History of Music Criticism
  • Seminar in Philosophy of Art 1
  • Seminar in Philosophy of Art 2
  • Seminar in Science of Arts
  • Studies in History of Chinese Aesthetics 1
  • Studies in History of Chinese Aesthetics 2
  • Seminar in Chinese Aesthetic Thoughts
  • Seminar in Theory of Chinese Arts
  • Studies in Modern Aesthetics 1
  • Studies in Modern Aesthetics 2
  • Studies in Philosophy of Art
  • Studies in Science of Arts
  • Seminar in Psychology of Art
  • Seminar in Sociology of Art
  • Studies in Theory of Korean Arts
  • Seminar in Theory of Plastic Arts
  • Seminar in Theory of Art Criticism
  • Studies in Aesthetics of Music
  • Seminar in Theory of Music Criticism
  • Studies in Modern British Aesthetic Thoughts
  • Studies in Modern German Aesthetic Thoughts
  • Studies in Modern French Aesthetic Thoughts
  • Studies in Philosophy of Criticism
  • Reading and Research