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HA2A1 - Methods of Art History

  • Module code: HA2A1
  • Module name: Methods of Art History
  • Department: History of Art
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module aims to familiarise students with a range of art-historical methods for interpreting meaning and effects in art, and for understanding the historicity of art. It will focus on methodology, and will have a strong textual base. Methodologies covered in weeks 1-10 will primarily concern the evaluation and interpretation of art. These include the ontology (or the nature) of art, theories of taste, theories of intention, theories of style and expression, psychoanalysis, semiotics, Deconstruction. Methodologies studied in weeks 11-20 will familiarise students with the major methodologies that have shaped the discipline of art history as discipline. Most of these also view or construct art as something that has its own (internal) history; or as something that is determined by a wider social and political history.

Principal learning outcomes

This module will thus provide a basis for more advanced student work in the second and third years, and especially for methodologically informed research in the (third-year) dissertation.

Timetabled teaching activities

1 x 1-hour weekly lecture

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: HA2A1-30)
C (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 50%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 50%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Undergraduate Taught Italian and History of Art (R3V3) - Year 3
Optional Core