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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.

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
  • 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)
  • History Of Art (HA) (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

  • ()

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • HA5022 Critical Perspectives in Art History (Studied)
  • (Studied)
  • (Studied)

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.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • History of Art Joint
  • History of Art Major
  • MA History of Art

Contact Teaching Time

76 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


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



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.

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