AR119-4-AU-CO:
Art and Ideas: I

The details
2020/21
Art History and Theory
Colchester Campus
Autumn
Undergraduate: Level 4
Current
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 18 December 2020
15
18 May 2020

 

Requisites for this module
(none)
(none)
(none)
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Key module for

BA V314 Art History,
BA V315 Art History (Including Placement Year),
BA V31B Art History (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA V350 Art History (Including Foundation Year),
BA V35A Art History (Including Year Abroad),
MARTV399 Art History,
MARTVB98 Art History (Including Placement Year),
MARTVB99 Art History (Including Year Abroad),
BA VV31 Art History and History,
BA VV32 Art History and History (Including Placement Year),
BA VV38 Art History and History (Including Foundation Year),
BA VV3B Art History and History (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA VV3C Art History and History (Including Year Abroad),
BA V3RB Art History and Modern Languages (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA VR39 Art History and Modern Languages,
BA V3R9 Art History with Modern Languages,
BA VR3B Art History with Modern Languages (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA PV33 Film Studies and Art History (Including Year Abroad),
BA VW36 Film Studies and Art History,
BA VW37 Film Studies and Art History (Including Placement Year),
BA VW38 Film Studies and Art History (Including Foundation Year),
BA VW3B Film Studies and Art History (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA QV23 Literature and Art History,
BA QV24 Literature and Art History (Including Placement Year),
BA QV2H Literature and Art History (Including Foundation Year),
BA QV32 Literature and Art History (Including Year Abroad),
BA QV3B Literature and Art History (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA VV53 Philosophy and Art History,
BA VV54 Philosophy and Art History (Including Foundation Year),
BA VV55 Philosophy and Art History (Including Placement Year),
BA VV5H Philosophy and Art History (Including Year Abroad),
BA VVHP Philosophy and Art History (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA V351 Curating,
BA V352 Curating (Including Year Abroad),
BA V353 Curating (including Placement Year),
BA V359 Curating (Including Foundation Year),
BA V35B Curating (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA W350 Art History, Visual Culture and Media Studies,
BA W351 Art History, Visual Culture and Media Studies (including Year Abroad),
BA W352 Art History, Visual Culture and Media Studies (including Placement Year),
BA W353 Art History, Visual Culture and Media Studies (including Foundation Year),
BA R100 Art History and Language Studies,
BA R101 Art History and Language Studies (Including Foundation Year),
BA R102 Art History with Language Studies,
BA R103 Art History with Language Studies (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

This module aims to provide an overview of the varied ways in which art historians, philosophers, artists and critics have thought and written about art from Antiquity to the twentieth century. Its focus is thus on the theory of art, broadly understood, as well on the various approaches that art historians might use when analysing works of art of different kinds. It touches on some large, general themes, including representation, tragedy, horror, the relationship of art to knowledge, the differences between painting and photography, the ways in which images might be related to power, oppression, dominance, liberation, and more. In doing so, the module examines a number of key theoretical texts about art – both visual and verbal – written in different times and places.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

to provide students with knowledge of some of the key theoretical issues relating to the history of art;

to encourage students to interact and to engage critically with theoretical texts relating to the study of art history;

to develop students' skills of analysis and interpretation of works of art and architecture;

to stimulate students to develop skills in oral and written communication through debates, essays, and examinations;

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module students should be able:

to demonstrate a sound knowledge and grasp of a number of key theoretical texts relating to the study of the history of art;

to speak and write articulately about theoretical issues relating to the study of the history of art;

to analyse and interpret works of art and architecture;

to relate their analyses and interpretations of works of art to theoretical literature;

to approach theoretical literature in a critical fashion.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

There will be a two-hour combined lecture and seminar each week. All teaching events will be accessible to students on and off campus either face-to-face or remotely through online teaching. Week 8 is Reading Week.

Bibliography*

  • John M. Cooper; Plato. (1997) Plato: Complete Works, Indianapolis, IA: Hackett.
  • Kemp, Martin; Walker, Margaret; Leonardo. (1989) Leonardo on painting: an anthology of writings, New Haven: Yale University Press.
  • Aristotle. (1984) The complete works of Aristotle: the revised Oxford translation, Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. vol. 2
  • Sontag, Susan. (©1971, 1974, 1977) On photography, London: Penguin.
  • Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm; Smith, Douglas. (2000) The birth of tragedy, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Kristeva, Julia. (1982) Powers of horror: an essay on abjection, New York: Columbia University Press.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   1500 word essay    50% 
Coursework   AUTUMN 24hr take home exam    50% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Caspar Pearson, email: cpearson@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Caspar Pearson
spahinfo@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
Yes
Yes
No

External examiner

Prof Richard Simon Clay
Newcastle University
Professor of Digital Cultures
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 26 hours, 22 (84.6%) hours available to students:
4 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

Further information
Art History and Theory

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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