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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARTF2107 Anthropology, Art and Representation

20 creditsClass Size: 36

Module manager: Dr Will Rea
Email: W.R.Rea@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

Pre-requisite qualifications

At least 20 credits from 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

Module replaces

ARTF3005

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 ARTF2000The anthropology of art has long been a fertile and vital area of contention around cultural value and cross-cultural relationships. It has not been merely an academic area of enquiry, but one caught up in the debates and controversies in the public sphere, about museum exhibitions, what constitutes art and the relative values of art traditions from various parts of the world. In addition the anthropology of art provides a comparative perspective on the way in which art is represented in the west. The issue of cultural representation is therefore of crucial importance to an understanding of the way in which Euro-America interacts with the rest of world. Specific objects and 'texts' are highlighted and their interpretation linked to larger questions concerning gender, embodiment, technology and representation.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 have a good grasp of anthropological perspectives on the category 'art'. They should understand the history of the relationship between anthropology and art history. They should have an awareness of the applicability of anthropology to all forms of art making and not just those confined to the so called non-western.

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

The anthropology of art has long been a fertile and vital area of contention around cultural value and cross-cultural relationships. It has not been merely an academic area of enquiry, but one caught up in the debates and controversies in the public sphere, about museum exhibitions, what constitutes art and the relative values of art traditions from various parts of the world. In addition the anthropology of art provides a comparative perspective on the way in which art is represented in the west. The issue of cultural representation is therefore of crucial importance to an understanding of the way in which Euro-America interacts with the rest of world. Specific objects and 'texts' are highlighted and their interpretation linked to larger questions concerning gender, embodiment, technology and representation.

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
Lecture102.0020.00
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

180 hours - bibliographic research, class preparation, essay writing and planning

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Attendance register
- Non-assessed essay in reading week

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 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: 29/05/2009

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