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Course Overview

Unlike most other art history courses, this is a text‐based course, which will focus on a number of selected ‘key texts’ by a range of authors from the history of art.  In most classes, the chosen texts, which you will read in advance, will be examined in relation to a small number of pre‐chosen images.  Discussion will focus on the way in which the issues raised in a prescribed text can usefully illuminate (or otherwise!) the given images.  Download Course Guide

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Mary Pryor

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Art History (HA) (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course considers topics and controversies in the literature of art of all periods. Each seminar will address a particular problem or area by focussing on two or more 'key' texts. The ideological bases of the discourses of art history in different historical contexts will be examined. Themes include progress and decline, description and interpretation, idealism and naturalism, the question of style, iconography, genius and gender and post-modernism.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

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

1st Attempt:

2 x written assignments with formative feedback - 25% + 25% = 50% - 2,000 words each

1 x two-hour written exam = 50%

Resit: Written examination (100%).

NB. All course work must have been submitted.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Feedback is given in a formal manner in staff response to student coursework and in responses to student group contributions in the seminar context. Informally, it is given throughout the duration of the course in class discussions.

Course Learning Outcomes


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