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HA4014 Art and Architecture in Late Medieval Ireland

Architecture of the Nineteenth and Twentieth centuries

Module Organiser: Dr Rachel Moss
Duration of the Module: Michaelmas & Hilary terms
Contact Hours: 1 two hour seminar per week
Weighting: 10 + 10 ECTS
Assessment: Continuous assessment (50%) and examinations (50%)

This special subject will deal with Irish artistic production during the period c. 1370-1540. Together with the formal study of buildings and artworks, themes such as cultural, corporate and familial identity, travel and trade and late medieval piety will be explored. Material will be interrogated from a social point of view, examining functions, whether practical or symbolic, and the motivations of patrons and craftsmen. The module will also explore the impact of the extended ‘afterlives’ of objects and buildings on their interpretation. Teaching will consist of seminars, student presentations, site visits, and discussion classes

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Explain the principal developments and formally analyse Irish art and architecture during the period using the relevant vocabularies
  • Exhibit an ability to analyse the social context of key works from the period
  • Have a critical awareness of primary and secondary literature on the subject and its historiographical context
  • Demonstrate awareness of methodologies, current debates and shortcomings in the secondary literature
  • Give an oral presentation on one or more specific topics that demonstrates original research and analysis.

Last updated 30 January 2018