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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARTF3054 Anthropology, Art and Representation

20 creditsClass Size: 18

Module manager: Dr Will Rea

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Pre-requisite qualifications

At least 20 credits from any ARTF-coded module or appropriate equivalent in a relevant discipline. In the latter case, students are advised to get in touch with the module leader to discuss eligibility prior to enrolment

This module is approved as a discovery module

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.


On completion of this module students will:
- have gained an insight and understanding to the debates surrounding the relationship between anthropology and art;
- be given a broad view of anthropology and its relationship with the material object;
- 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.


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

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
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 week 6.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 1,500 word essay40.00
Essay1 x 3,000 word essay60.00
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: 29/04/2024 16:10:27


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