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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Curating Science

Programme code:MA-AH/CUR-FTUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Liz Stainforth Contact address:e.m.stainforth@leeds.ac.uk

There is a part-time variant of this programme available (programme code MA-AH/CUR-PT)

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

Programme specification:

Enable students to develop an independent academic and curatorial practice at the intersection of histories, philosophies and social studies of science, science communication and museum studies.
Underpinning the programme is an exploration of the political and ethical dimensions of interpretation and representation. Students will both explore how to understand and engage people with urgent issues facing the world, issues which are often epistemically disputed, from climate change to cancer.
In a core strand of the programme, students will take a questioning orientation to the nature of 'expertise' and 'knowledge' through tracing the histories of the disciplinary distinctions drawn between arts and science. Students will engage with key philosophical interventions that have destabilised these distinctions as well as innovative and cutting-edge art-science practices that are reimagining ways of knowing and being in 21st Century. Alongside this, students will be encouraged to develop innovative practices of dialogic and participative engagement, developing their own ways of convening and shaping citizen and public spaces for debate and for constructing new knowledges and understandings.
Students will undertake a wide range of active learning activities from developing and delivering displays, programmes and events to developing digital content and designing their own research projects. Students will be supported throughout by an interdisciplinary academic staff team drawn from fine art, museum and curatorial studies and the histories, philosophies and social studies of science as well as professionals from our partner institutions.
Students will have the option of undertaking a negotiated placement with a museum or heritage organisation and will consequently have the opportunity to put into practice, and reflect more deeply on, the theoretical underpinnings of both the history of science, technology and medicine and museum studies.


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Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

ARTF5101MAdvanced Research Skills 15 creditsSemester 1
ARTF5102MAdvanced Research Skills 25 creditsSemester 2
ARTF5253MInterpretations15 creditsSemester 1
ARTF5254MCritical Issues15 creditsSemester 1
HPSC5601MHistory & Theory of Modern Science Communication30 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

Students must choose one dissertation

ARTF5005MCurating Science Dissertation50 credits1 Jan to 30 Jun
ARTF5999MMA Practice-led Dissertation50 credits1 Jan to 30 Jun

Candidates will be required to study 60 credits of optional modules in semester 2

ARTF5051MIntersecting Practices: Questioning the Intersection of Contemporary Art and Heritage30 creditsSemester 2
ARTF5069MArt & Money: the modern and contemporary art markets30 creditsNot running in 201920
ARTF5071MEncountering Things: Art and Entanglement in Anglo-Saxon England30 creditsSemester 2
ARTF5191MAnthropology, Art and Representation30 creditsSemester 2
ARTF5802MPlacements in Context: Policy, Organizations and Practice30 creditsSemester 2
HPSC5150MHistorical Skills and Practices30 creditsSemester 2
HPSC5800MThe Origin of Modern Medicine (Birth of the Clinic)30 creditsSemester 2
PECI5211MAudience Engagement and Impact30 creditsSemester 2

This list is indicative and may change depending on staff availability


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Last updated: 03/09/2019

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