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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARTF1049 Art History as Practice

20 creditsClass Size: 180

Module manager: Professor Mark Westgarth

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Module replaces

ARTF1045 Story of Art I

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Taking art-historical research as a dynamic and inclusive set of practices grounded in questions that matter now, this module draws on the varied expertise of teaching staff to introduce you to the combined and converging challenges of a deep understanding of past cultures, engagement with current issues in the field and methods for developing independent research. This module presents a wide array of art-historical topics, with a global perspective and covering a broad chronology, placing emphasis on the question of what it means to be an art historian now.


The module aims to introduce you to the idea of ‘art history’ as a set of practices and approaches and to consider what studying ‘art history’ means today. It asks you to consider and reflect on some of the key questions currently animating the subject of art history. It does this by drawing on the varied expertise of teaching staff through weekly lecture formats, introducing you to a wide array of art-historical topics. The lectures are supplemented by dynamic seminar group learning activities. The module presents a series of vignettes of dynamic research-led art-historical approaches that will enable you to develop independent critical research skills through reading, writing, discussion and debate.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:
1. Recognise the complex nature of art as a subject of study
2. Evaluate and critique differing approaches to the subject of art history
3. Demonstrate a recognition of the concepts of 'art' and 'artist' as constructed and contested depending on historical or cultural contexts.
4. Identify different approaches within art history

Skills learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:
5. Reflection: the ability to recognise and express knowledge and understanding and how it relates to personal experience and to demonstrate learning and growth from the experience.
6. Time management, planning and organisation: the ability to prioritise, work efficiently and productively and to manage your time well in order to meet deadlines.


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

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

Attendance, participation in seminar discussions
- completion of weekly worksheets, to be presented in seminar class
- Online MCQ tests provide an indication of progress
- Worksheets will be submitted as one file at the end of the semester.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)25.00

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: 08/07/2024


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