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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARTF2097 Imagining Others

20 creditsClass Size: 34

Module manager: Dr Will Rea
Email: w.r.rea@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

Pre-requisite qualifications

Students must have completed at least 20 credits from the following list of modules: ARTF1045, ARTF1046, ARTF1041, ARTF1042, ARTF2000.

Pre-requisites

ARTF1041Museum/Country House Studies 1
ARTF1042Museum/Country House Studies 2
ARTF1045A Story of Art I
ARTF1046A Story of Art 2
ARTF2000Stories of Art:An Introduction

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

PRE-REQUISITES: Students wishing to take this module as an elective must have completed at least 20 credits from the following modules: ARTF1045, ARTF1046, ARTF1041, ARTF1042 or ARTF2000This module explores how visual imaginaries participate in constructions of 'Otherness'. We will explore notions of identity in - and beyond - the opposition of self/other and engage in analysis of debates in deconstruction, psychoanalysis, postcolonial theory, discourse theory, and gender studies. Case studies will consider questions of difference within Europe and between Europe and other world regions in different historical periods. Studies may include: medieval mapping of the world, representations of crusader contact in the near east, the position of representation in Jewish exclusion, pre-colonial Buddhist conceptions of space and time, representations of early colonial contact, artefacts of hybridity and curiosity, the imaginary of the colonial state, settler art and its relation to homeland cultures, the re-contextualisation of material culture in the colonial polity, discourses of primitivism in the twentieth century, relations between feminism and primitivism, the status of 'other' representations within the postcolonial state.Note: This module is good preparation for ARTF2106 and ARTF2107 in semester two.Assessment: 1 x 1 hour exam (50%) and 1 x 2,000-3,000 word essay (50%).

Objectives

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- analyse the ways in which the visual imaginary has been deployed to buttress identities and construct "Others";
- recognise the ways in which cultural construction operates through the artefact;
- deploy a number of different theoretical positions ranging from historical enquiry through to postcolonial critique, in their analysis.

Additionally, they should be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the artefacts, cultures and histories covered by the module.

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.


Syllabus

This module explores the way in which visual imaginary has been deployed to create cultural representations of "Otherness". The primary focus is on the way in which representation has been deployed to buttress identities and construct notions of cultural otherness.

The module will engage students in a critical analysis of important debates around Postcolonial theory and discourse theory which will be used to explore case studies that interrogate the way in which representation created and enforced relationships of difference that were built up within Europe and between Europe and the rest of the world in a number of different historical periods.

Studies may include:
- Mediaeval mapping of the world
- Representations of Crusader contact in the near east
- The position of representation in Jewish exclusion
- Inversions of tradition - appropriation and cultural critique
- Representations of early colonial contact. Artefacts of hybridity and curiousity
- The imaginary of the colonial state
- Settler art and its relation to homeland cultures
- The re-contextualisation of material culture in the colonial polity
- Discourses of Primitivism in the Twentieth Century
- The status of "other" representations within the postcolonial state.

Week by week break-down will be provided with specified readings before the first session.

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
Lecture101.0010.00
Seminar101.0010.00
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

180 hours - reading, essay/class/presentation preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- attendance at lectures/seminars
- registers taken
- participation in class discussions
- presentations.

Methods of assessment

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


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 2,000-3,000 word essay50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

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


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

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: 06/05/2010

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