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HA936 - Art History and its Methods

  • Module code: HA936
  • Module name: Art History and its Methods
  • Department: History of Art
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This is a core module taught by all members of staff in the Spring Term to both streams of the MA degree (Venice and British) and to MRes students. This module is designed to help you develop the research skills needed to write your dissertation. It will cover both practical research questions and some more conceptual matters that underpin art historical research, such as analysis of objects, aesthetic judgement and academic writing.

Principal learning outcomes

Students will understand the principal theories of the history of art, deploying different approaches in the field with a critical awareness of their underlying assumptions. They will explore interdisciplinary approaches with an understanding of the different discourses and traditions that inform them and demonstrate advanced visual, bibliographical and research skills, using a wide range of sources.

Timetabled teaching activities

2hr seminar a week.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: HA936-30)
A1 (Assessed work only) 3000 word Literary Review Essay 50%
  2000 Critical Review Analysis Essay 50%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessment (part year) visiting 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core
  • Postgraduate Taught History of Art (V4P2) - Year 2