ASP228 - Philosophy, Art, Film

Unit details

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2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Online, CBD*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Chris Mayes
Cohort rule:Nil


Incompatible with: ASP328
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 1-hour class, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online:

1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery


This unit consists of three modules. The first explores a number of issues in the philosophy of film and digital media, such as the nature of film and its status as an artform, the distinct kinds of experiences film provides us with, whether film can ‘do’ philosophy and in what sense, and the relationship between games and philosophy. The second module focuses on some modern philosophical approaches to art and aesthetic experience and addresses issues such as the nature of beauty and the sublime, the transformative power of art, and the relation between art and truth. The third and final module explores the relation between art and politics in contemporary debates.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Analyse, understand, develop and articulate arguments utilizing a number of the major theories and key philosophical concepts of philosophical aesthetics and the philosophy of film

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication


Employ initiative and creativity in conjunction with philosophical methods of critical thinking, analysis, assessment of evidence and argumentation to address problems in the area of aesthetic inquiry

GLO5: Problem solving


Critically evaluate theoretical approaches to philosophical aesthetics and the philosophy of film

GLO4: Critical thinking


Analyse and address issues related to philosophical aesthetics and the philosophy of film in the domestic and global context, including studying many of the key thinkers and ideas of different philosophical traditions, taking into consideration cultural and socio-economic diversity, social and environmental responsibility and the application of the highest ethical standards

GLO8: Global citizenship


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Essay 1600 words
or equivalent
40% Week 5
Assessment 2 - Essay 2000 words
or equivalent
50% Week 11
Assessment 3 - Quiz 400 words
or equivalent
10% Ongoing

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link ASP228
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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