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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARTF2072 Art History and Art Historiography

20 creditsClass Size: 80

Module manager: Dr Will Rea

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

20 credits from at least one of the following: ARTF1014, ARTF1015, ARTF1045, ARTF1046



This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Through a series of close readings of texts by art historians who have made contributions to the development of the practices of and debates in art history, and case studies of art analysed by key writers and texts, the module aims to explore the relation between modes of art historical analysis and the kinds of artistic practices and cultural formations being studied. Thus the relation between social and cultural formations, art making and the methods of analysis will be explored to enhance the students' critical awareness of methodologies, strategies and politics of interpretation, critical challenges and changing perspectives. This will serve as a method of preparing them for dissertation proposal and research by making the methods of analysis more visible and legible.The module begins with an introductory lecture on art history and art historiography. Four Themes will be selected each year for detailed study of selected writings, methods, and practices of analysis and their historical/cultural situation. Each Theme runs over two weeks to allow students to bring back to the second lecture on the theme questions arising from their seminars.


On completion of this module, students should be able to ...
- Demonstrate, through case studies, the ways in which art history developed a range of procedures determined by the cultural and historical specificity of the objects of study
- Explore, through specific case studies, the research methods, interpretative strategies, historical determination of knowledge of art historically.
- Enable the study and assessing of the contemporary methodologies that have challenged the historical formations of the discipline.
- Enable students to develop ways of thinking that will lead them into critically informed dissertation topic choices and thus the enhancement of their research abilities.

Learning outcomes
At the end of the module the students will be able to:
- Contextualise analysis with reference to changing historical, theoretical and methodological landscapes.
- Evaluate interpretive methodologies justifying their application in relation to different objects of study.
- Describe and/or critically evaluate the works of selected art historians.
- Demonstrate understanding of a range of methods for the analysis of art including newer methods of historical, cultural and geopolitical analysis.
- Demonstrate understanding of the challenges of issues of difference and historical change to the study of art.


Each week will comprise of a lecture and a seminar. Each topic will cover 2 weeks and will be taught by available History of Art staff.
Week 1. Lecture I: What is Art Historiography?
What are the foundations and formations of Art History as a Discipline: What are the implications of the dominant forms: national narratives, great masters, periods. What are the major challenges to these formations? Framing the Four Topics

Weeks 2 & 3: Topic I
Weeks 4 & 5: Topic 2
Week 6: No teaching
Weeks 7 & 8: Topic 3
Weeks 9 & 10: Topic 4
Week 11: Workshops on Essay Preparation

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours170.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

The students will write two essays over the module with feedback after week 7

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1500 Words40.00
Essay2500 Words60.00
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: 16/01/2023


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