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ARHT2678: Islamic Art and Architecture

This unit offers a thematic and chronological survey of the arts, architecture, and material cultures of the Islamic world from the seventh century to the present and from China to Spain. While developing knowledge of regional and temporal variations through an object-oriented approach, we will also explore major themes and questions regarding the forms, functions and socio-political meanings of objects and the built environment. We will investigate the production of art in light of broader visual traditions, and look into its reception and cross-cultural circulation by studying the dynamic relationships that connect objects and spaces with their users, viewers, and patrons.

Code ARHT2678
Academic unit Art History
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level in Art History or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Critical Studies or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Visual Arts

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. recognize and analyse the arts, architecture and material culture of the Islamic world
  • LO2. apply skills of observation and analysis of visual materials, extending and amplifying their critical practice
  • LO3. exhibit skills and abilities in presenting visual material through critical argument in extended written and oral presentations
  • LO4. assume responsibility for their own research methods and encounter the full spectrum of methods of research and scholarship
  • LO5. engage with each other as peer supporters and learners through preparation, engagement and questioning in tutorials
  • LO6. encounter and engage a variety of global traditions of art and explore the critical debates that help relate different traditions within the broader history of art in the world.

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