2009/10 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
ARTF5991M Losing Perspective: Reflections on "non-western" Arts
30 creditsClass Size: 15
Module manager: Dr Ashley Thompson
Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable
Year running 2009/10
|ARTF5016M||MA History of Art Core Course|
This module is not approved as an Elective
ObjectivesOn completion of this module, students will have critical perspective on the notion and position of non-western arts in the academic discipline of art history. Drawing on in-depth study of a selection of non-western artworks, they will be able to analyse the historical reach and theoretical limits of a series of paradigms fundamental to Western aesthetics. They will be able, further, to formulate new theoretical approaches to the study of art engaging with and derived from 'other' indigenous practices in the broadest sense.
Skills necessary to undertake higher research degree and/or for employment in a higher capacity in an area of professional practice.
Evaluating own achievement and that of others.
Self-direction and effective decision-making.
Use of methodologies and theoretical resources.
When studying non-western arts serves to fill in a geographical gap, and even with all the best intentions, is it not participating in ongoing cycles of imperialism - constructing and deconstructing in order to better reconstruct empire? Is 'covering' the world, in a Department of Art History for example, not an irrevocably imperial gesture? Yet, could we not imagine ways in which studying non-western arts would lead us to develop theoretical tools engaging with and derived from indigenous practices in the broadest sense? In other words, rather than simply developing expertise in additional artistic and cultural traditions, we aim, in this module, to participate in a dynamic of reflection and indeed action concerning the academic institution and the ideological bases of art history. The module will be organised around the following themes: subjectivity/objectivity, originality, sexual difference and space.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||270.00|
|Total Contact hours||30.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||300.00|
Private study125 hours - class preparation and reading
125 hours - essay preparation, reading and writing
20 hours - presentation preparation
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackNon-assessed seminar presentation
Contribution to class discussion
Commentary on Nathan Bodington
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Essay||1 x 4,000-6,000 word essay||100.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 21/05/2010
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