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HA3079: CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES IN ART HISTORY (2020-2021)

Last modified: 18 Aug 2020 12:15


Course Overview

This course offers an introduction to some of the key methodologies, concepts and critical debates that inform art-historical interpretation. The course surveys a range of approaches and debates relevant to the state of the field, and provides an introduction to the methodological and thematic concerns of current art historical research.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Hans Hönes

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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

  • History Of Art (HA) (Studied)
  • 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 offers an introduction to some of the key methodologies, concepts and critical debates that inform art-historical interpretation. The course surveys a range of approaches and debates relevant to the state of the field, and provides an introduction to the methodological and thematic concerns of current art historical research.

The aim of the course is to hone students’ skills in critical thinking and intellectual debate, enabling them to critically evaluate art historical literature and to situate relevant methods and approaches in the broader field of the humanities. Though primarily theoretical in its outlook, the course connects with other art history courses; discussion will focus on the practical applicability of different methodologies for the study of individual artworks, as well as their implications and limitations.


Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 8 - 11, 13 - 17

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

Source Analysis (25%)

Essay (25%)

Exam (50%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralAnalyseBegin to develop an ability to engage critically with primary texts, and to evaluate their theoretical stakes, building up towards independent research for your dissertation
ConceptualUnderstandDevelop a broader and more critical understanding of art historical questions and approaches, and their applicability to visual examples.
ConceptualUnderstandAttain a better understanding of select areas of art historical methodology, its traditions, and interdisciplinary intersections.
ProceduralUnderstandGain an enhanced ability to reflect on the state of art history as a discipline and its current trends.

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