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Arts and formalisms

This course aims to provide in-depth knowledge of the meaning of various formalisms, as well as principally important criticisms made against them.

Information for admitted students Spring 2021

Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.

In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.

Follow the instructions on wether you have to reply to your offer or not.


Checklist for admitted students

  1. Activate your university account

    The first step in being able to register and gain access to all the university's IT services.

  2. Register at your department

    Registration can be done in different ways. Read the instructions from your department below.

  3. Read all the information on this page

    Here you will find what you need to know before your course or programme starts.


Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

Information from the department - courses

Welcome to the Department of Culture and Aesthetics. We hope you will enjoy your time with us.

Due to the covid-19 outbreak, the Department of Culture and Aesthetics will continue with online teaching during spring semester 2021.

Conditions may change and students will be informed in the Athena learning platform and on the Department’s website.

Teaching via Zoom
Our teachers will use the e-meeting service Zoom for lectures and seminars. It is free of charge for all students at Stockholm University. You will find instructions to how the teaching of your course will be planned in the Athena learning platform. 


If you applied through you register for your course online via webregistration. You must webregister in the period set for your course – or you will lose your place on the course. If you cannot webregister, please contact the department's student's affairs office,, before the last day for webregistration to not lose your place.

Registration for courses starting 18 January – 22 March
Art History: 4 – 11 January
History of Ideas: 4 – 11 January
Literature: 4 – 11 January
Musicology:  4 – 18 January 
Theatre Studies: 4 – 11 January

Registration for courses starting 23 March – 2 May
Art History: 4 January – 1 March
History of Ideas: 4 January – 16 March
Literature: 4 January – 16 March
Musicology: 4 January – 23 March 
Theatre Studies: 4 January – 16 March  

Conditionally admitted 

You cannot register online if you are conditionally admitted as the department first needs to judge your qualifications. Please contact the student office or student counsellor for more information.


We use the web-based learning and collaboration platform Athena for communication between teachers and students. You log on with your university account. Here is where you will find lecture and seminar plans at least one week before the course starts.

Studying with a disability

Stockholm University provides various forms of special pedagogical support to students with long-term disabilities. Please contact special pedagogical support at Student Services if you need support. Make sure to also contact your study councellor at the Department of Culture and Aesthetics if you need extra support during lectures, seminars and examination.

Welcome activities

Stockholm University organises a series of welcome activities that stretch over a few weeks at the beginning of each semester. The programme is voluntary (attendance is optional) and includes Arrival Service at the airport and an Orientation Day, see more details about these events below.
Your department may also organise activities for welcoming international students. More information will be provided by your specific department. 

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Formalisms have emerged in a broad field between aesthetics and science. Historically, musical aesthetic formalism was pioneering, but the formalisms that have developed in connection with other art forms display not only similarities but also differences. The course is centred on a selection of classics from different areas, with a focus on common key themes and approaches, as well as differences in approach and ideology.

  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    Instruction is given in the form of lectures and seminars. 


    The course is examined on the basis of a take-home examination and an oral group examination.

  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • Contact

    Study Councellor