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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARTF3003 Deconstruction Reading Politics

20 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Dr Eric Prenowitz
Email: e.prenowitz@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

Pre-requisite qualifications

If taken as an elective, students should have completed ARTF2000 or two ARTF (any level) coded modules

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module focuses on deconstruction as a political strategy in the analysis of culture. The module will open with an introduction to deconstruction through explanatory material and detailed readings of texts and interviews by Jacques Derrida. It will proceed to examine case studies in the deconstructive analysis of culture as a way of developing student knowledge of deconstruction and visual culture etc. The module provides a detailed account of recent political writings by Derrida and within deconstruction, concentrating primarily on the text 'Spectres of Marx'. It will conclude with an application of accrued knowledge to the analysis of cultural texts, especially film.Assessment: 2 x 2,500-3,000 word essays (100%).

Objectives

On completion of this module students will be able to:
- employ deconstruction as a strategy for the analysis of culture;
- provide an account of recent political writing within the field of deconstruction and be able to relate it to earlier less explicitly political work in the area;
- read and discuss the corpus of Jacques Derrida, with specific reference to its political character;
- engage with deconstruction in order to develop their own patterns of critical thinking;
- offer political and deconstructive analyses of cultural texts, including film, television, architecture and literature;
- provide a detailed analysis of specific texts by Derrida, such as Spectres of Marx;
- relate Derrida's work to the field of deconstruction in general and to Cultural Analysis as a whole.

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 focuses on deconstruction as a political strategy in the analysis of culture I.
- The module will open with an introduction to deconstruction through explanatory material and detailed readings of texts and interviews by Jacques Derrida II.
- The module will proceed to examine case studies in the deconstructive analysis of culture as a way of developing student knowledge of deconstruction and Derrida. Topics covered include: drugs, the media, television, tele-technology, visual culture etc III.
- The module provides a detailed account of recent political writings by Derrida and within deconstruction. It will concentrate primarily on the text Spectres of Marx IV.
- The module will conclude with an application of accrued knowledge to the analysis of cultural texts, especially film.

The module will be taught by a series of two-hourly sessions which will incorporate a range of teaching and learning strategies, including: lectures, seminars, group work, audio-visual approaches, peer discussion, student presentation, and guest speakers.

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
Workshop37.0021.00
Private study hours179.00
Total Contact hours21.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

124 hours - class preparation
55 hours - assessed essay preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Attendance at day schools (registers taken)
- Participation in class discussions.

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
Essay2 x 2,500-3,000 word essays100.00
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: 15/04/2010

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