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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


ARTF5016MMA History of Art Core Course

This module is not approved as an Elective


On 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 outcomes
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.
Independent learning.
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.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours270.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

125 hours - class preparation and reading
125 hours - essay preparation, reading and writing
20 hours - presentation preparation

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Non-assessed seminar presentation
Contribution to class discussion
Commentary on Nathan Bodington

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 4,000-6,000 word essay100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 21/05/2010


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