2012/Spring: On Beauty & Ugliness


Instructed by Claudia Bernard.

The principle of Beauty and Ugliness has never been absolute and immutable. Rather, it has taken on different aspects according to historical period, country, social strata and political ideology, among many other factors. The identification of the Beauty or Ugliness of the self, the interpretation of the Beauty or Ugliness of the “Other”, constitutes a mutant cartography of the definition of culture. This course will focus its investigation in the fields of art and aesthetics, politics, history, human rights and international jurisprudence.