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EL30UT: ART AND ATROCITY: REPRESENTATIONS OF VIOLENCE AND TRAUMA (2023-2024)

Last modified: 23 Oct 2023 15:16


Course Overview

How is the artist to respond when the virtual becomes the real and when words cannot carry the weight of trauma? How can an author avoid the accusations of voyeuristic prurience or crass opportunism when he or she attempts to re-present events of public violence? This multi-disciplinary course examines work from a wide range of modes, including fiction, poetry, film and graphic art, and looks at the difficulties of inscribing trauma and the ethics and praxis of remembrance. Key events covered include the Holocaust, the Sabra and Shatila massacre, 9-11, the Gulf War and the conflict in the Balkans.

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
  • Professor Shane A. Alcobia murphy

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4
  • English (EL)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

Yes

One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.


Course Description

How is the artist to respond when the virtual becomes the real and when words cannot carry the weight of trauma? How can an author avoid the accusations of voyeuristic prurience or crass opportunism when he or she attempts to re-present events of public violence? This multi-disciplinary course examines work from a wide range of modes, including fiction, poetry, film and graphic art, and looks at the difficulties of inscribing trauma and the ethics and praxis of remembrance. Texts will include Spiegelman's Maus, Moore's V for Vendetta, and Folman's Waltz with Bashir. The key events covered on this course are the Holocaust, the Indonesian genocide, the Sabra and Shatila massacre, 9-11, the Gulf War and the conflict in the Balkans.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

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

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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

Seminar Assessment Mark

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 10
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Detailed formal written feedback on student essays will be provided by the tutor at agreed times (within 3 weeks of submission). Students will receive oral feedback in seminars.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 35
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Detailed formal written feedback on student essays will be provided by the tutor at agreed times (within 3 weeks of submission). Students will receive oral feedback in seminars.

Word Count 2500
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 55
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Detailed formal written feedback on student essays will be provided by the tutor at agreed times (within 3 weeks of submission). Students will receive oral feedback in seminars.

Word Count 3000
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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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 Word Count 3500
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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