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Undergraduate Course: Postmodernism and Beyond in Contemporary Art Practice (ARTX08057)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryPostmodernism and Beyond in Contemporary Art Practice aims to help students understand the various theoretical, historical and methodological developments within society, culture and art from the mid-20th century to the present. Throughout the course, tutors will highlight how the ideas and concepts arising from the social, political and historical elements of this period inform contemporary practice.

This course aims to:
1. Enable you to acquire a comprehensive understanding of the evolution of art since the mid-twentieth century and its relationship to contemporary art practices.
2. Help you to develop competence, imagination and understanding when analysing and applying key critical concepts of postmodernism, relevant to the analysis and production of contemporary art.
3. To help you understand ways in which postmodern and more recent concepts relating to the speculative turn, have and continue to inform action within popular and mass culture generally and contemporary art practices in particular.
Course description As described in the short description.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  60
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 9, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 1, External Visit Hours 1, Online Activities 4, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 20% Presentation and seminar participation;
80% Written case study assignment;

You must submit one 3000 word essay and one group presentation in order to complete this course.

Formative assessment (feed-forward) will be given in relation to both the presentation and written assessment at the mid-point of Semester. Students will be asked to prepare an outline or draft proposal of their written assessment task and will receive verbal or written feed-forward/feedback on this in advance of the final submission date. Students will receive full written feedback on completion of both elements of the summative assessment
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Research: Undertake appropriate research and show a detailed knowledge of two or more specialist aspects of modernism using a variety of critical and historical approaches.
  2. Analysis: Demonstrate an applied knowledge of modernist and postmodernist developments both in your field and in relation to their wider cultural influence.
  3. Communication: Show initiative in managing your work and convey creative ideas in a range of imaginatively structured and coherent forms.
Reading List
Barthes, R. 1993 Camera Lucida.
Butler, J.1990 Gender Trouble. Taylor and Francis.
Clifford, J. 1988 The Predicament of Culture.
Fisher, M. 2009 Capitalist Realism. London: Zero Books.
Foucault, M. 1966 The Order of Things. London: Routledge.
Harrison, C. 1999 Art in Theory 1900-2000.
Kirby, A. 2006 The Death of Postmodernism and Beyond. Philosophy Now.
Krauss, R. et al 2004 Art Since 1900. London: Thames and Hudson.
Krauss, R. 1981 Passages in Modern Sculpture. MIT Press.
Power, N. 2009 One Dimensional Woman. London: Zero Books.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Various forms of reading (close, skimming, etc);
Library research;
Essay Writing;
Public speaking.
Special Arrangements After you have discussed taking one of our courses with your Personal Tutor/ School Student Support Office, please contact us to enquire if a place is available at:
KeywordsPostmodernism; modernism; neoliberalism; art practice; art theory.
Course organiserDr Angela Mcclanahan
Tel: (0131 6)51 5885
Course secretaryMs Claire Davies
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