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Undergraduate Course: Analysing Art History: Texts, Objects, Institutions, Part One (HIAR10171)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis is a compulsory course to be taken in the first semester of the third year by all single and combined honours students in History of Art, and all Fine Art students. It is designed to introduce you to key theories and approaches that shape the History of Art. It is co-taught by a team of lecturers in History of Art, through a programme of regular one-hour lectures.
Course description Art History: Texts, Objects, Institutions, Part One offers an introduction to the writing of art history. Lectures will introduce key theoretical and philosophical ideas which have shaped the study of history of art such as, for example, Marxism, feminism, post-structuralism, and anti-colonialism. You will be required to read 2-3 items on the topic each week, in preparation, and there will be discussion of the issues raised through 3 x 1-hour Q&A sessions with staff.

For students taking this course whilst studying abroad (e.g., modern languages students), lectures and Q&As are recorded and made available online.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: History of Art 2A Reason, Romance, Revolution: Art from 1700 to 1900 (HIAR08027) AND History of Art 2B From Modernism and the Avant-Gardes to Postmodernism and Globalisation (HIAR08028)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to students on a History of Art Honours programme.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 History of Art courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College-level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Other Study Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 171 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0 %

You will be required to prepare a course essay of 3,000-words from a choice of 8-10 questions. The questions will require you to draw on content from all three sections, A-C.

Essay questions will be released in Week Two, and coursework will be due in Week 10-11
Feedback Formative feedback: You will submit a 500-word close analysis review of one of the weekly set readings around Week 6, and receive feedback.

Summative feedback: You will receive written feedback on your essays within 15 working days.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the different theories and approaches used in art-historical writing
  2. Assess the different aims and methodological features of the key conceptual tools within the discipline of History of Art
  3. Analyse relevant texts in ways that acknowledge divergent traditions of art-historical interpretation and the controversies that arise within these
  4. Develop confidence in engaging with and employing art historical theories and methodologies in their own writing and research
Reading List
Eric Fernie ed., Art History and Its Methods (London: Phaidon, 1995)
Jonathan Harris, The New Art History: A Critical Introduction, Abingdon, 2001
Amelia Jones ed., The Feminism and Visual Culture Reader (London; New York: Routledge, 2002)
Michael Podro, The Critical Historians of Art, New Haven and London, 1982
A.R.Rees & F.Borzello, The New Art History, London, 1986
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Critical analysis
Independent research
Organisation and planning
Special Arrangements If students are taking Part 1 in Semester 2, they will access lectures via recordings on LEARN; assessment (3,000 word essay) will be due at a date to be confirmed.
KeywordsArt History,Visual Culture,Theory,Methods
Course organiserDr Yashaswini Chandra
Tel: (01316) 511782
Course secretaryMiss Chloe Hancock
Tel: (0131 6)50 4124
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