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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARTF3169 Memory and the memorial, from East to West

20 creditsClass Size: 18

Module manager: Dr Ashley Thompson
Email: A.C.Thompson@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

Pre-requisite qualifications

ARTF2000 or 20 credits of other ARTF coded modules

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module will explore the art object as a site of memory. Explorations will be situated explorations within a broader questioning of apparently opposed practices of commemoration between East and West, paying particular attention to constructs of subjectivity and history. Discussions will be based on a corpus of theoretical texts, along with a series of case studies which may vary from year to year. Examples of these include commemoration of genocide, and the Buddhist temple as a paradigmatic locus of memory.

Objectives

On completion of this module, students should be able to consider art in relation to questions of memory and memorialisation. They should be particularly aware of constructs of memory and memorialisation within the Enlightenment tradition, and capable of challenging these through comparative perspectives from Asian traditions. They should also be capable of considering these questions in other paradigmatic frameworks concerning, for example, the religious and the secular, or the pre-modern, the modern and the post-modern. In this context, they should be able to critically analyse a variety of art and architectural forms, considering philosophical concepts, along with historical, social and geographical circumstance.

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

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 will explore the art object as a site of memory: a quid pro quo, something here - but whose being somehow escapes us - in the place of something else which is no longer. We will situate explorations within a broader questioning of apparently opposed practices of commemoration between 'East' and 'West', paying particular attention to constructs of subjectivity and history. Discussions will be based on a corpus of theoretical texts, along with a series of 'Asian' case studies which may vary from year to year. Examples of these include commemoration of genocide; and the Hindu-Buddhist temple as a paradigmatic locus of memory.

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
Seminar102.0020.00
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

100 hours - class reading and research, with weekly commentary on Nathan Bodington
20 hours - reading and research for presentation
35 hours - reading and research for essay
25 hours - writing essay

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- attendance
- participation in class discussion

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
AssignmentWeekly commentary25.00
ReportWritten report of oral presentation of c.15 minutes25.00
Essay1 x 3,000-4,000 word essay50.00
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: 07/05/2009

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