FA2IAE-Affect, Aesthetics and the Event

Module Provider: Art
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Prof John Russell

Email: j.a.russell@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module aims to explore ideas of affect, aesthetics and the event in the discourses of visual culture. Over the course of 10 lectures students will be introduced to historical and contemporary expositions of these ideas in art, philosophy, cinema and politics, with emphasis on the dialogue across different disciplines. The module will develop through a combination of lectures, seminar discussion, exhibition visits, screenings and a written assignment.


The overall aim is to introduce students to the trajectory of this discourse, its genealogy and impact on contemporary visual culture.

Assessable learning outcomes:

•    Demonstrate an understanding of key debates in the field and how they apply to art practice.

•    Independently examine and appraise a broad range of research material including primary text, exhibitions, art journals, periodicals and web based sources

•    Organize and present a coherent written argument that understands the conventions of referencing and bibliography. 


Additional outcomes:

•    Interpersonal skills

•    IT skills

•    Presentation skills


Outline content:

The module is delivered through a series of lectures examining the diverse practices of contemporary art including relevant historical precedents. The lectures will use a number of key texts and examine their use in relation to art practice. The module examines particular theoretical methodologies and considers the distinct ways in which these overlap with the production of art. The module tests these ideas through critical examination of contemporary art. 1 essay of between 4000-5000 words and 1 formative piece of writing is required for this module.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Seminars 10
Tutorials 2
Guided independent study 178
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:

1 essay of between 3000-4000 words to be submitted for Summative Assessment. 1 formative piece of writing (such as a draft) is required prior to summative submission. 

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:

    The essay must be submitted in order to gain a pass and achieve a threshold performance.

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Submission of additional essay by August 2018

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 14 June 2018


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