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Undergraduate Course: Art in Europe 1000BCE-0 (LLLA07267)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryStudy 1000 years of Art History in 10 weeks. Taking a century per week, this course introduces the millenium from the Bronze Age through the Scythians, Etruscans, Celtic and Iberian culture and the Hellenistic period to the era of Roman expansion.
Course description Academic description

This is part of a series of three courses introducing students to 3000 years of European art, with each course focusing on a 1000-year period. The courses can be taken independently of each other, but can also be taken in sequence to provide a wide-ranging overview of art across three millennia. By focusing on 100 years in each class, this series of courses moves away from the traditional art historical emphases, and allows a longer, and more nuanced view of art history.

This course focuses on the period 1000BCE to 0. Beginning with the late Bronze Age, students will explore the art of a range of foundational European cultures: from the Greek Dark Age, through Tartessian, Scythian and Early Roman, Iberian and Etruscan culture. The course will then look at some of the most familiar styles of the classical period, from the Greek and Roman worlds, complemented by study of areas around the Mediterranean and in northern Europe, ending with the artistic influence of Roman expansion. Students consider the art historical developments and shared characteristics across the millennium, and will be guided in close analysis of works of art.

Outline content

1000-900: Late Bronze Age, Greek Dark Ages, Proto-Geometric style
900-800 Geometric period; Villanovan culture
800-700 Orientalizing period, Tartessian culture
700-600 Archaic period, Scythians, Early Rome
600-500 Iberian culture, Etruscans
500-400 Archaic period, Scythians
400-300 Classical period, Iberian culture
300-200 Etruscan culture, Scythians, Celtic cultures
200-100 Hellenistic period
100-0 Roman expansion

Student learning experience

The course will be taught via lectures combined with class discussion. Students will be introduced to a variety of visual sources and will be guided in close visual analysis and in analysis of sources across a range of times, places and styles.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. conduct a methodological analysis of a range of artworks from Europe in the period 1000BCE to 0
  2. recognise and describe the work of various European styles and cultures
  3. discuss broad trends in the history of European art from 1000BCE to 0.
Reading List
Honour, H. & Fleming, J., 2009. A World History of Art. Rev. 7th., London: Laurence King.
Renfrew, C. & Bahn, P.G., 2016. Archaeology: theories, methods, and practice. Seventh., London: Thames & Hudson.
Bintliff, J.L. & Wiley InterScience, 2012. The Complete Archaeology of Greece from Hunter-Gatherers to the 20th century AD. Chichester, West Sussex; Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
Beard, M., 2015. SPQR: a History of Ancient Rome. London: Profile Books.
Coulston, J.C., Dodge, H. & Trinity College. Centre for Mediterranean Near Eastern Studies, 2000. Ancient Rome: the Archaeology of the Eternal City. Oxford: Oxford University School of Archaeology.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - Analysis of sources
- Debate and critical analysis
- Oral discussion
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Sally Crumplin
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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