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HA3020 Approaches to Art History (A) Writing the History of Art

Module Coordinator: Dr Laura Cleaver
Lecturers: Staff of the Dept of History of Art and Architecture
Duration of the Module: Michaelmas term
Contact Hours: 1 lecture per week and 1 seminar per fortnight
Weighting: 5 ECTS
Assessment: Coursework (two essays)

This module will provide an introduction to some of the major methods and theories used by writers on art and architecture. We will analyse art historical writing from the ancient world to the present day to explore some of the ways in which authors have approached the study of art and architecture and think about the value of those methods for art historical study in the twenty-first century.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Recognise, identify and analyse using appropriate vocabulary selected texts by authors who have had a formative impact on the discipline of art and architectural history.
  • Explain, evaluate, and employ the methodologies of the authors covered in the module.
  • Critically assess the value of a range of methodologies in interpreting art and architecture of different historical periods and cultural contexts.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the broad intellectual history of the discipline and major issues germane to its more recent developments.

Last updated 16 September 2013