FA2ILM-Landscape and Memory

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

Module Convenor: Dr Ciara Healy-Musson

Email: c.healy@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

This module aims to introduce students to ideas and issues of importance in contemporary place-based art practice and associated critical theory and literature. It seeks to develop students’ research skills, written and verbal articulacy and to encourage an environment of discussion and informed critical awareness inspired by the recent revival in politically motivated ecological and spiritually place-based thinking and making. The relationship between histories of landscape and histories of geographies are also contextualised through contemporary art practice. For example, the lecture programme students encourages students to explore the ways in which place-based contemporary art practice has contributed to the construction of identity and memory in the 20th  and 21st Century. Exploring the connection between place-based art, representations of national identity and the mediation of sovereignty is one key concern in this module, as is investigating why place-based contemporary art practice continues to draw inspiration from archaic beliefs and their associated stories and myths. Students are also invited to consider how contemporary place-based artists address current socio-ecological issues and marginalized communities.


The overall aim of the module is to introduce students to current and historical Place-based theory, literature and practice in order to develop their understanding of its 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 that prepares the student for possible dissertation subjects. 


Additional outcomes:

•    Interpersonal skills

•    IT skills

•    Presentation skills


Outline content:

One independent project or essay is undertaken. Guidelines and frameworks are provided by tutors, but students are responsible for identifying topics through which to apply the guidelines or framework.

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

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 by August 2018

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 21 July 2017

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