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Postgraduate Course: Research: Theories and Methods (HIAR11037)

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
SummaryThis course addresses some of the key theoretical and methodological issues active in the discipline of History of Art. It aims to familarise postgraduate students with some of the formative influences on the development of art history as a discipline, and with critical issues in historical and current debates about the parameters, nature and scope of art history, and to help students engage with these theories and methods in their own research.
Course description Lectures are given by staff from across the History of Art department and cover a range of period specialisms, art practices, and approaches to the writing of art's histories in the present. Each lecture devoted to a different theoretical topic, enabling students to examine the methodological underpinnings of research into visual culture. Topics covered may include formalism, psychoanalysis, Marxism, feminism, post-structuralism, and queer theory. Students are encouraged to reflect critically on the process of research and on the articulation of their own academic writing. The theoretical focus of the course aims to help students develop the necessary methodological awareness and theoretical sophistication to support the writing of their assessed essays and dissertations.
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, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Learning and Teaching Activities
Assessment (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Assessment Methods
Additional Information (Assessment) 3,000 word essay
Feedback You will receive written electronic feedback on an essay plan of 500 words and be able to discuss this with your Discussion Seminar Group teacher. You will be able to discuss the development of your essay with your teacher during office hours.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Acquire a clear understanding of the practical research skills that underpin art historical writing and research
  2. Develop a very good understanding of some of the key conceptual tools within the discipline of History of art
  3. Acquire and develop skills in reading, analysing, and discussing complex texts in relation to a range of art historical periods and media with their peers
  4. Develop a self-aware and self-critical approach to assignments and research, and confidence in engaging with art historical theories in their own research
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Course organiserDr Kirsten Lloyd
Tel: (0131 6)51 5799
Course secretaryMrs Anna Johns
Tel: (0131 6)51 5740
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