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ARHT4113: Art is the Issue: Histories and Theories

This unit concentrates on key developments in the history of art history as a discipline. The seminar centres on selected polemical texts and disputes in the discipline, to demonstrate that much of what all art historians do is contested and problematic. From the question of what we should study to the always vexed question of 'how' we should study it, the aim of this unit is to give you a sense of both the history and the problematic of the discipline in which you will be engaged whether you intend careers as scholars, researchers, curators, or art writers.

Code ARHT4113
Academic unit Art History
Credit points 6

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

  • LO1. obtain a grasp of the main lines of art-historical thinking in the last 200 years
  • LO2. develop and refine the ability to read critically in the literature of the discipline
  • LO3. appreciate the diverse ways works of art have been considered in differing historical contexts
  • LO4. undertake a sustained piece of writing and research in the essay of 6000 words.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.