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AH501B: ART AND CHRISTIANITY (2022-2023)

Last modified: 04 Oct 2022 13:20


Course Overview

The course offers an introduction to the intersections of art and Christianity, from the earliest days of the institution to the present. Through detailed examination of art and architecture, students will engage with some the church’s earliest debates and conversations, defining the spaces in which Christians worshipped and central identity of Christianity as it existed both in experience and in the imagination of people throughout its 2000-year history. Whereas Judaism and Islam restrict the making of images, Christianity was one of the greatest patrons of the arts, recognising visual culture’s intrinsic power in shaping the minds of the faithful and potential converts. The strategies the Church employed were innovative and successful, but always remined debated and significantly contributing the urge towards Reformation in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Karl Kinsella

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Masters In Theology (September Start) or Master Of Letters In Christianity And The Visual Arts

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course provides students a detailed examination of visual culture’s central importance to the history of Christianity, shaping some of the church’s earliest debates and conversations, defining the spaces in which Christians worshipped and central identity of Christianity as it existed both in experience and in the imagination of people throughout its 2000 year history. Whereas Judaism and Islam restrict the making of images, Christianity was one of the greatest patrons of the arts, recognising visual culture’s intrinsic power in shaping the minds of the faithful and potential converts. The strategies the Church employed were innovative and successful, but always remined debated and significantly contributing the urge towards Reformation in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

Students will examine early controversies on the visual arts in Christianity and their impact throughout the history of the religion. They will examine medieval manuscripts containing the text and images of Scripture and understand the close relationship between the two. They will explore architectural spaces to determine how they developed to facilitate the liturgical and ritual needs of the community. They will understand how images could be used criticise Christianity and the Church, feeding into popular culture and used to articulate the needs and wants of a community who grew increasingly aware of their own religious agency.


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

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Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Participation and engagement

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Each week, students should submit two images relevant to the week’s topic and write a 200-word response to a given reading via MyAberdeen/Padlet. Rolling feedback via MyAberdeen by course coordinator.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualApplyShow a critical understanding of historical and contemporary discourses on art and faith.
ConceptualApplyDemonstrate a broad understanding of the intersections of art and Christianity from its earliest history to the present.
ConceptualApplyDemonstrate confidence in researching, organising and delivering written and oral academic work in a class presentation on a defined topic, and an essay on a self-defined topic.
ConceptualApplyApply knowledge of visual arts and texts critically to evaluate key episodes in Church history.

Oral Presentation: Individual

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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A 15-20 minute presentation, distributed throughout the semester. Follow-up feedback will be provided.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualApplyShow a critical understanding of historical and contemporary discourses on art and faith.
ConceptualApplyDemonstrate a broad understanding of the intersections of art and Christianity from its earliest history to the present.
ConceptualApplyDemonstrate confidence in researching, organising and delivering written and oral academic work in a class presentation on a defined topic, and an essay on a self-defined topic.
ConceptualApplyApply knowledge of visual arts and texts critically to evaluate key episodes in Church history.

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 60
Assessment Weeks 12 Feedback Weeks 15

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Feedback

Written feedback within 3 weeks + informal oral feedback on request.

Word Count 4000
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualApplyShow a critical understanding of historical and contemporary discourses on art and faith.
ConceptualApplyDemonstrate a broad understanding of the intersections of art and Christianity from its earliest history to the present.
ConceptualApplyDemonstrate confidence in researching, organising and delivering written and oral academic work in a class presentation on a defined topic, and an essay on a self-defined topic.
ConceptualApplyApply knowledge of visual arts and texts critically to evaluate key episodes in Church history.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Written feedback within three weeks. Informal oral feedback on request.

Word Count 5000
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualApplyShow a critical understanding of historical and contemporary discourses on art and faith.
ConceptualApplyDemonstrate a broad understanding of the intersections of art and Christianity from its earliest history to the present.
ConceptualApplyDemonstrate confidence in researching, organising and delivering written and oral academic work in a class presentation on a defined topic, and an essay on a self-defined topic.
ConceptualApplyApply knowledge of visual arts and texts critically to evaluate key episodes in Church history.

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