2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
ARTF5109M Prehuman to Post-Anthropocene
30 creditsClass Size: 18
Module manager: Catherine Karkov
Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable
Year running 2021/22
This module is mutually exclusive with
|ARTF3109||Prehuman to Post-Anthropocene|
This module is not approved as an Elective
Module summaryThis module explores the ways in which art has represented the human and its relation to the world, and especially to humanity’s pre- or supra-human others from the medieval period to the modern day. It analyses how different cultures and times have defined the human, the monstrous, the self and its others. What have the implications of these definitions been? What is a human? What is our place in and responsibility to the world around us and to indigenous or past cultures that maintain or project differing attitudes? We are now in an era that defines itself as both the Anthropocene and the posthuman; however global warming, human disregard for the environment, and human disregard for life itself are pushing us rapidly towards the post-Anthropocene. We end by considering what the post-Anthropocene might be and what it might look like.
ObjectivesThis module asks students to think critically about the way the human and the non-human have been constituted in relation to each other over time and across multiple different cultures. It asks them to think about what it means to be human, the place of the human in the world, and the responsibility of the human to the world.
Students will be able to demonstrate:
1. Knowledge of the similarities and differences amongst the historical periods studied in this module and an understanding of the cultural constructions of knowledge within those periods.
2. An understanding of and critical approach to the different belief systems and social structures of, the methodological tools used within, and the disciplinary approaches to the specific times and cultures studied in this module.
3. A critical analysis of the special, racial, ethnic, and gender assumptions that underlie the interpretation and display of material from the past.
4. The ability to analyse and discuss ways in which the human relationship to and human responsibility for the planet have been constituted over time.
5. The ability to undertake independent research and to critically assess both primary and secondary sources.
The module develops students’ skills in interdisciplinary and cross-cultural thinking and analysis. It asks them to locate their visual analysis and interpretation of images in the context of differing belief systems and within the context of contemporaneous literary texts.
Phase 1. The pre-human: creation narratives and creatures from a pre-human past
Phase 2. The human and its others: what is a human, marginal worlds, human hierarchies and relationships with and understandings of the planet
Phase 3. the post-Anthropocene: a future beyond the human
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||270.00|
|Total Contact hours||30.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||300.00|
Private studyWeekly readings (70 hours); research for essay 1 (80 hours); research for essay 2 (120 hours)
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackFormative feedback will be offered on the first essay.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Essay||2,500 word essay||40.00|
|Essay||4,000 word essay||60.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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