FA2IBD-Bodies of Difference

Module Provider: Art
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Miss Kirsten Cooke

Email: k.s.cooke@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
«p»This module will focus on the representation of the body in contemporary visual theory and contemporary art. Different kinds of body image and forms of embodiment will be encountered including work which has strong bodily resonances but which does not obviously picture the human figure, such as abstract bodies, fragmented or artificial bodies, and objects that suggest something of the affective power of a body. It will draw on material from the contemporary field after the break with canonical modernism in the late 60s and discuss the emergence of different communities and voices including the post-colonial. «/p»


This module aims to provide a specialised understanding of contemporary art practices from diverse cultures and diasporic communities, with particular reference to the body and its representation. It aims to provide students with a foundation in key theoretical sources in contemporary culture and to explore the relationship between writing and making, seeing and theorising, that has been germane to contemporary art since the late 1960s.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:

•    analyse key aspects of contemporary art practice

•    articulate the ways in which the body has been understood and represented in contemporary art.

•    analyse key theoretical concepts and ideas relevant to understanding contemporary art such as feminism and psychoanalysis

•    demonstrate initiative in identifying and using material relevant to the topic

•    organize material into effective and coherent arguments in oral presentations, and timed examination papers


Additional outcomes:

•    Interpersonal skills. 

•    IT skills. 

•    Presentation skills. 

•    Group presentation as a formative assessment. 


Outline content:

One essay of approx. 4000-5000 words is undertaken and research is documented on a blog. Guidelines and frameworks are provided by tutors, but students are responsible for identifying topics through which to apply the guidelines or framework.

Global context:

Artists and thinkers from multiple perspectives from across the globe form an integral part of this module. 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module will be taught through a series of lectures, seminars and group presentations. There will also be a formative assessment during this module. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
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

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (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.

    Length of examination:

    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 with documentation on blog by August 2018

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 6 December 2017

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