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Postgraduate Course: Impressionism and the Third Republic, Culture, Politics and Social Change, 1865-1900 (HIAR11021)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course is concerned with the interchanges between the production of art, political processes and the larger patterns of social change under the early Third Republic.
Course description Taking account of the final years of the Second Empire, and in particular the effects of Haussmann's rebuilding of Paris, the course considers crucial political events and social currents, from the Franco-Prussian War and the Commune of 1870-1 through to the Ralliement and the Dreyfus Affair in the 1890s. Impressionist painting, of which the National Gallery of Scotland has outstanding examples, is central to the course, as is the work of less-well known artists whose reputations were high under the Third Republic. Painting forms the core of the course, with drawing, sculpture and printmaking also having a place. The aim of the course is to place the creation and consumption of art within social, economic and political processes, so topics will include the art market, the poster, landscapes of tourism or national identity, the pictorial articulation of republican values, the imagery of anarchism, or the concept of decadence.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  20
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 166 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Principal means of assessment is a 4,000 word essay.
Feedback Formative feedback: verbal & written feedback from the lecturer, peer feedback in class.
Summative feedback: written.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. acquire a good knowledge and understanding of the material studied through preparing a series of short seminar presentations on selected topics, reading the texts recommended in the bibliography, week by week and engaging actively in general discussion during seminars
  2. use archive and gallery, as well as library, sources and thus get used to documentary research and the analysis of primary sources
Reading List
S.Barrows - Distorting Mirrors. Visions of the Crowd in Late Nineteenth Century France. Yale, 1977.
C.Charle - A Social History of France in the 19th Century. London, 1994.
W.Fortescue - The Third Republic in France, 1870-1940. London, 2000.
J.Hargrove/N.NcWilliam (eds.) - Nationalism and French Visual Culture, 1870-1914. Washington, CASVA, 2005.
J.-M.Mayeur/M.Rebérioux - The Third Republic from its Origins to the Great War, 1871-1914. Cambridge, 1984.
P.Nord - Impressionists and Politics. Art and Democracy in the 19th Century. London, 2000.
C.Sowerwine - France since 1870. Culture, Society and the Making of the Republic, 2nd ed., 2009.
R.Thomson - The Troubled Republic. Visual Culture and Social Debate in France, 1889-1900. Yale, 2004.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Skills in indepenent research and enquiry: analytical & critical thinking; problem solving; knowledge intergration and application.
Clear and effective communication, both verbal and written.
Planning, organising and time management.
Team work.
Additional Class Delivery Information Location will be confirmed in Handbook

One-to-one tutorials are used to help students select the subject of the course essay and to monitor the progress of their research and thinking. The other purpose of these tutorials is to aid students make the transition from undergraduate to postgraduate study and to develop their self-confidence and sense of their potential contribution as art historians.
KeywordsImpressionism,Naturalism,Nineteenth Century,France
Course organiserMiss Michelle Foot
Course secretaryMrs Anna Johns
Tel: (0131 6)51 5740
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