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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARTF0010 Art and Cultural History

40 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Dr Claudia Sternberg

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students should:
- be able to identify salient visual and ideological characteristics of art and artists and demonstrate an awareness of some major critical cultural theories;
- be able to explain in basic terms the geographical, historical, and cultural contexts of various types of art;
- also be able to look critically at the various concepts concerning the nature of art practice.

Skills outcomes
- verbal and written fluency in constructing a logical and coherent argument;
- use of audio visual aids;
- participation in group discussions;
- co-ordination and dissemination of a range of historical, contextual visual information;
- using bibliographies and databases.


This module introduces students to differing ideas of 'art' and 'culture' and how scholars have undertaken a critical examination of their study. The module begins by exploring how ‘culture’ is conceptualised and studied, followed by an exploration of arts' beginnings in the visual culture of so-called 'prehistoric' peoples, and its development in the philosophy and material culture of the Ancient and Classical World.
The module then introduces selected topics in the history and historiography of art and culture, such as the Renaissance the philosophy and ideas of 'Modern', 'Modernity', and 'Modernism', and the role of the industrial revolution in effecting profound cultural change. Consideration is also given to the architecture and museums of the periods studied, Students will also consider the development of the city of Leeds
The module concludes by considering key moments in the development of 'Modernist' and 'Postmodernist' art and culture in Europe and the U.S.A. A final consideration will be the way that the grand narrative of 'Modernism' was forced to give way to new modes of thinking and the appropriation of various new media - film, video, digital technology - that became increasingly available during the last decades of the twentieth century.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours360.00
Total Contact hours40.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

- 300 hours class preparation including researching textual and visual materials, reading and preparation of seminar questions;
- 60 hours preparation of 4 essays (15 hours each essay).

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Attendance, group presentations, participation in class discussion, participation in seminar question discussion.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1,500 word essay semester 125.00
Oral Presentation1 x 15 minute presentation25.00
Reflective logWeekly blog entry reflecting on experiences of art and culture25.00
Essay1,500 word essay semester 225.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

All assessed components must be passed in order to pass the module.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:33:44


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