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IP103 - Art & Revolution

  • Module code: IP103
  • Module name: Art & Revolution
  • Department: Liberal Arts
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

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, theatre and performance studies, 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 1439 to 2014, and considers artistic expression in relation to four revolutions of global significance: the advent of the moveable type printing press (the 'print revolution'), the Industrial Revolution, the Iranian Revolution, and the 'Arab Spring' revolutions.

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.

Timetabled teaching activities

1 x 2 hour workshop per week for 22 weeks in Terms 1, 2 and 3.

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Other essential notes

This module is not available to students from outside of the School for Cross-faculty Studies.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: IP103-30)
D (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 10%
Assessed Course Work 10%
Assessed Course Work 10%
Assessed Course Work 10%
Assessed Course Work 30%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 30%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Undergraduate Liberal Arts (LA99) - Year 1
Optional Core