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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARTF3054 Anthropology, Art and Representation

20 creditsClass Size: 30

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-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

ARTF2107

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

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 museums 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-American interacts with the rest of the world. Specific objects and "texts" are highlighted and their interpretation linked to larger questions concerning gender, embodiment, technology and representation.

Objectives

On completion of this module students will have gained an insight and understanding to the debates surrounding the relationship between anthropology and art. They will be given a broad view of anthropology and its relationship with the material object. They will learn about comparative methods in dealing with objects, and the ways in which the artefact is considered in other places around the world.

Skills outcomes
Verbal and written fluency in constructing logical, coherent and complex argument and analysis
Participation in group discussions
Co-ordination and dissemination of arrange of historical, contextual and visual information
Critical appraisal and contextualisation of material informed by recent critical approaches to the subject area
Using bibliographies informed by recent research
Working independently with confidence to develop complex arguments orally and in writing


Syllabus

In this course students will follow a syllabus that looks like this: The artefact vs. the work of art/aesthetics/Bodies, objects, tattoo/Vision and landscape/Aesthetics II/World Hybridity/Sociology and travel locality and the ethnographic museum.

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 comprised of weekly reading, seminar presentation preparation, researching and writing essay, researching for examination

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: 08/04/2009

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