This tutorial activity is a guided discussion and debate on the topic of aesthetics and ethics. Total Time required is two hours. By the end of this lesson, students will be able to make a value judgement on the ethical nature of media content that is supported by research; defend this value judgement by using Socratic reasoning and identify the ethical position they are assuming in exercising this judgement.
In week one of my Cultural Perspectives course, the students are introduced to the concept of postmodernism. One of the ways I do this is through analysing music videos, which provide an example of postmodern stylistics par excellence (Goodwin, 1993). … READ MORE
For better or worse, violence is commonplace in mass media, art and entertainment and the effects of media content upon those who consume it are an important aspect of audience and reception theories. In this lesson, we take a critical … READ MORE
This creative learning exercise encourages you to explore the aesthetics of mediated violence through mismatching the visual and aural elements of a piece of media.
What makes something qualify as art? Is beauty really in the eye of the beholder or are there certain ‘universal’ qualities we find beautiful? These questions are central to the branch of philosophy we call aesthetics. In this lesson, you … READ MORE