AR113-4-SP-CO:
Art and Ideas: I(A)

The details
2019/20
Art History and Theory
Colchester Campus
Spring
Undergraduate: Level 4
Current
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
15
02 August 2019

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

BA V314 Art History,
BA V31B Art History (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA V350 Art History (Including Foundation Year),
BA V35A 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)

Module description

This module investigates issues that are crucial for the understanding of works of art and the history and present of their analysis. It focuses on seminal texts from the 20th and 21st centuries that offer different theoretical and methodological perspectives for the study of art and culture and aims to develop a broad theoretical foundation for the study of art history in general. Each week different key texts and methodological approaches will be explored and used to question how they change our understandings of a range of important artworks. We will also think about links between texts and their relation to wider developments in the history of art and beyond. Key topics covered in the module include semiotics, psychoanalysis, structuralism/post-structuralism, feminism and gender, Marxism, race and post-colonialism/decolonialism, queer theory and ideology critique.

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 and essays;
to introduce students to original works of art and architecture in galleries and museums, in addition to their classroom studies.

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.

By the end of the module, students should also have acquired a set of transferable skills, and in particular be able to:

define the task in which they are engaged and exclude what is irrelevant;
seek and organise the most relevant discussions and sources of information;
process a large volume of diverse and sometimes conflicting arguments;
compare and evaluate different arguments and assess the limitations of their own position or procedure;
write and present verbally a succinct and precise account of positions, arguments, and their presuppositions and implications;
be sensitive to the positions of others and communicate their own views in ways that are accessible to them;
think 'laterally' and creatively (i.e., to explore interesting connections and possibilities, and to present these clearly rather than as vague hunches);
maintain intellectual flexibility and revise their own position based on feedback;
think critically and constructively.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

11 x one hour lectures 11 x one hour seminars 1 x Gallery visit

Bibliography

This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Essay (2500 words) 21/02/2020 50%
Coursework 72 Hour Take Home Paper (2000 words) 09/04/2020 50%

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Natasha Adamous

 

Availability
Yes
Yes
No

External examiner

Prof Richard Simon Clay
Newcastle University
Professor of Digital Cultures
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 18 hours, 18 (100%) hours available to students:
0 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

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