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Undergraduate Course: History of Art 1B Art at the Crossroads of World Cultures 600 to 1700 (HIAR08026)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryHistory of Art 1B provides an introduction to Art History at the university level. The lectures cover almost 1400 years of the history of art, from c. 500 to c. 1700, shifting the Eurocentric focus of 1A to consider the wider world of art.

History of Art 1B is not a chronological survey and does not pretend to provide comprehensive coverage of this vast and complex subject of world art. Instead, the work of prominent artists, important types, key periods and diverse geographies of art are selected to provide representative examples for study. All our teaching considers the visual arts as a reflection of the societies in which they were produced.
Course description This course considers art from around the world in order to understand the ways in which different religions, power structures and intercultural relations impacted upon artists, objects and audiences.

The course is taught by means of three hour-long lectures per week for 11 weeks of the semester, plus one small group tutorial per week. In the lectures you will learn about the key works and ideas that underpin this period in the history of art. Lectures are supported by readings and activities on the course website. In the tutorials you will put the ideas and skills you have seen in the lectures into practice. Some of the tutorials will take place in Edinburgh's museums and galleries. You will assessed by means of one essay and one end-of-course examination.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Approaches to Visual Culture (ARTX08086)
Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  240
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 33, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9, Online Activities 5, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 145 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formative Assessment
The formative assessment is a 500-word essay plan, to be submitted prior to submission of the essay, usually between weeks 4 and 6.

Summative Assessment
The summative assessment consists of one research essay to be submitted before the examination period (50%), as well as performance on a final exam (50%).
Component 1: A 2,000-word essay that focuses on one of the themes presented during the course and incorporates primary and/or secondary sources. This submission is due during the second half of the semester, prior to the examination period, usually between weeks 7 and 10.
Component 2: A final examination.
Feedback Formative feedback:
You will receive formative feedback from your tutor and peers in tutorials. You will also receive individual formative feedback from your tutor on your essay plan.

Summative feedback:
You will receive detailed written feedback on you coursework essay from your tutor.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3-hour exam3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Articulate the relationship between visual culture and its historical context.
  2. Situate objects and images in a critical and historical context.
  3. Practice and develop techniques in of visual analysis.
  4. Demonstrate critical evaluation of visual and textual sources.
  5. Reflect upon individual learning and learn from feedback.
Reading List
These are introductory/overview texts. More detailed and specific readings are provided for each lecture.
Jas Elsner et al, Imagining the Divine: Art and the Rise of World Religions (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2017)
Findar Barry Flood and Gulru Necipoglu eds, Blackwell Companion to Islamic Art and Architecture, (Oxford: Wiley, 2017)
David Howarth, Images of Rule: Art and Politics in the English Renaissance, 1485-1649 (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1997)
Christopher Lloyd, Enchanting the Eye: Dutch Paintings of the Golden Age (London: Royal Collection Enterprises, 2004)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills generic cognitive skills:
- skills of analysis, synthesis and summary
- critical judgement: awareness of the difference between alternative arguments and approaches
- problem-solving: the ability to apply knowledge and experience and address problems

communication, numeracy and IT skills:
- the ability to locate and record information relevant to a given task using standard ICT applications
- the ability to convey complex information to a range of audiences and for a range of purposes

autonomy, accountability and working with others:
- open-mindedness: the ability to be receptive to unfamiliar artefacts, issues and ideas
- awareness of own and others' roles, responsibilities and contributions when carrying out and evaluating tasks
- time management, working to deadlines and following instructions
KeywordsJapan,India,Islamic,medieval,early modern,Dutch,Africa,China,Asia
Course organiserDr Bryony Coombs
Tel: (0131 6)51 5800
Course secretaryMiss Chloe Hancock
Tel: (0131 6)50 4124
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