HA2OV-Other Visions: Modern and Contemporary Art and Architecture

Module Provider: History
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2014/5

Module Convenor: Dr Sue Malvern

Email: s.b.malvern@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

This module aims to examine critically the larger terms within which modern and contemporary art and architecture have been debated. The module will explore key concerns, such as the social and political pressures on the formation of modern art and architecture, the publics for art and its politcal roles, and questions of subjectivity, gender and sexuality. It will ask how the emphases on these concerns have changed at different moments and within different accounts of modern and contemporary art and architecture.

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

Demonstrate an understanding of how art and architecture, and writing and thinking about visual culture are closely connected in the modern period.
Analyse works of art and architecture, including work which breaks down rigid distinctions between media and even questions the nature of art itself.

Additional outcomes:
It is expected that students will demonstrate skills of organization and iinitiative, inlcuding the ability to coordinate themselves to take advantage of opportunities to study relevant visual artefacts outside the classroom and beyond the prescribed syllabus. The module also aims to encourage the development of ICT skills through the use of relevant Web resources and databases.

Outline content:
This module examines broad debates and theories, issues and controversies that emerge in the analysis and histories of works of art and architecture in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Discussions and controversies about art, architecture and modernity since the 1920's have involved reflection on how the history of the modern might be written and this module will explore conflicting accounts of its historiography. It will debate modern and contemporary art and architecture by way of four topics: After painting; Sculpture and beyond; Architecture; Film and video. Three themes will be examined in tandem with each topic: politics; subjectivity; technology. The module stresses the importance of engaging with issues such as politics, identity, sexuality and gender. These iussues frequently directly inform the art and architecture of the period. The module will pose questions about masculinity and femininity, consumerism and the politics of representation. Themes and areas will be exemplified through the detailed study of particular texts, and specific works of art and architecture and the wider debates that these raise.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Normally two hours of lectures/seminars per week, with one of the lecture sessions given over to discussion from time to time. Seminars involve structured group discussion requiring preparatory research and reading. Students are expected to visit museums or galleries on their own initiative but study visits may be arranged to appropriate galleries and exhibitions. There are also one or two revision classes in the summer term.

Students prepare one formative project/essay by week 6 of the Autumn term such as a book or exhibition report or glossary which asks students to identify and define key terms and ideas within the course.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20 20
Tutorials 2 2 2
Guided independent study 63 63 28
Total hours by term 85.00 85.00 30.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 60
Written assignment including essay 40

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener 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:
    Three hours

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination in August / September. Coursework will be carried forward if it bears a confirmed mark of 40% or more. Otherwise it must be resubmitted by 22nd August.

    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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