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HA2012: OBJECT LESSONS: TEN WORKS IN CONTEXT (2020-2021)

Last modified: 08 Sep 2020 11:25


Course Overview

This course focuses on ten art objects, mapping the wealth and diversity of art historical research: from iconic 'masterpieces' to popular imagery, votive objects and craft. Works discussed may range from the Parthenon marbles and Velazquez' 'Las Meninas' to wax penises and pub signs.

Each case study introduces different questions and approaches for discussing art objects: a series of lessons in critical interpretation.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Joanne Anderson

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

  • Programme Level 2
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

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 focuses on ten art objects, considered in their original and critical contexts. The selection of case studies aims to map the wealth and diversity of art historical research: from iconic 'masterpieces' to popular imagery, votive objects and craft. Works discussed may range from the Parthenon marbles and Velazquez' 'Las Meninas' to wax penises and pub signs.

Each case study introduces different questions and approaches for discussing art objects: a series of lessons in critical interpretation. The sessions are intentionally not arranged in chronological order: the aim is not to outline a 'history of art in 10 objects', but to present a range of case studies, introducing different perspectives on the study of art.


Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 8 - 18

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Poster Assignment (25%)

Essay (25%)

Online Exam (50%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralAnalyseDevelop skills of synthesis and analytical comparison by writing an assignment on a case-study art object.
ConceptualApplyDevelop skills of inquiry, analysis and communication through the study of selected art objects.
ConceptualApplyStudy a series of art objects in the history of western art and understand the formative impact of the historical and artistic contexts in which they were created.
ProceduralAnalyseMap and understand the wealth and diversity of art historical research on a range of case-study art objects.

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