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AH2002: ART AND PROTEST (2023-2024)

Last modified: 01 Aug 2023 11:46


Course Overview

Art is a lightning rod for protest. Whether as vehicle or target, the formal qualities and symbolic values of art can generate the impulse to act. This course investigates key objects that place art front and centre in the urgent issues and debates of our time as well as those of the past.

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 Helen Pierce

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Programme Level 2

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Art is a lightning rod for protest. Whether as vehicle or target, the formal qualities and symbolic values of art can generate the impulse to act against it or make it a site of protest, polarising people and institutions often to shocking effect – from religious iconoclasm to political satire, the Suffragettes to the Women's Liberation Movement, and more recently soup thrown on Van Goghs and sculptures toppled into canals. This course investigates key objects that place art front and centre in the urgent issues and debates of our time but also throughout history, including climate change, social equality, religious belief and political dissent.

Through analysis of artworks and texts that capture action and response, ranging across newspapers, manifestos and scholarly literature, we will explore the links between art and protest throughout history. Debate will be centred on core ideas of activism, iconoclasm and vandalism amongst others.


Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 8 - 18
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 8 - 18

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

Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Written feedback will be provided plus follow-up verbal feedback if required.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandGain an understanding of the link between art and protest, past and present.
FactualApplyDemonstrate an awareness of the intersections of artworks and acts of protest, developed through class discussion and measured through written assessments.
ProceduralAnalyseDevelop ability to search for and critically appraise relevant primary and secondary sources.

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 25
Assessment Weeks 8 Feedback Weeks 11

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Written feedback will be provided plus follow-up verbal feedback if required.

Word Count 2000
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualApplyDemonstrate an awareness of the intersections of artworks and acts of protest, developed through class discussion and measured through written assessments.
ProceduralAnalyseDevelop ability to search for and critically appraise relevant primary and secondary sources.

Poster

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 25
Assessment Weeks 5 Feedback Weeks 7

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Feedback

Written feedback will be provided plus follow-up verbal feedback if required.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualApplyDemonstrate an awareness of the intersections of artworks and acts of protest, developed through class discussion and measured through written assessments.

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 will be provided plus follow-up verbal feedback if required.

Word Count 3500
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandGain an understanding of the link between art and protest, past and present.
FactualApplyDemonstrate an awareness of the intersections of artworks and acts of protest, developed through class discussion and measured through written assessments.
ProceduralAnalyseDevelop ability to search for and critically appraise relevant primary and secondary sources.

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