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IP103 Art & Revolution

Dr Gavin Schwartz-Leeper
Module Leader term 1
Dr Martin Mik
Module Leader term 2
Terms 1 - 3
22 weeks
44 contact hours:

1 x 2 hour workshop per week

6 Film Screenings
Not available to students outside the School for Cross-Faculty Studies

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Principal Aims

The module explores the continually changing nature and role of art and artistic expression in society. Bringing together perspectives from history, economics, religious studies, music, literature, politics, history of art, and film studies, this module explores how art has reacted to, anticipated, or prompted revolutionary moments in which established power structures were altered, dismantled, or supplanted. The module is structured in a broadly chronological order, extending from 1789 to 2011, and considers artistic expression in relation to four revolutions of global significance: the French Revolution (1789-1815), the Russian Revolution (1917-1932), the Iranian Revolution (1979), and the 'Arab Spring' revolutions (2011).

Principal Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be expected to:

  • Understand the ways in which artistic expression has positioned itself in relation to revolutionary events;
  • Examine in-depth the historical contexts of each revolution and relate them to specific artistic productions;
  • Explore the political and social contexts of each revolution and understand how they impacted on artistic production;
  • Critically analyse specific artistic productions by deploying an appropriate theoretical framework;
  • Compare artistic productions from various eras and in different parts of the world, and attempt to theorise their contributions.


Term 1
  • Term 1 Week 1 — Introduction: Art & Revolution I

  • Weeks 2-5 —The French Revolution

  • Weeks 6-9 —The Russian Revolution

  • Week 10 — Critical Reflection

Term 2
  • Week 1 -- Introduction: Art & Revolution II

  • Weeks 2-5 – The Cultural Revolution

  • Weeks 6-9 –The Aboriginal Revolution

  • Week 10 --Critical Reflection and Group Presentations

Term 3
  • Weeks 1-2 –Revision workshops

Reading List

The indicative reading list for IP103 Art and Revolution can be found here.