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: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Prof John Russell

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

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module explores a range of philosophical and political ideas and tracks their impact on the histories and discourses of art. Over the course of 10 lectures students will be introduced to a range of historical and contemporary expositions and their use in Art, art criticism and theory. 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 and use of these discourses, their genealogy and impact on art history and contemporary visual culture.

Assessable learning outcomes:

•    Demonstrate an understanding of a range of ideas and philosophies and their impact on the discourses and histories of art.

•    Independently examine and appraise a broad range of research material including primary texts, 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 4000 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 20
Tutorials 1
External visits 2
Guided independent study: 177
Total hours by term 200
Total hours for module

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

1 essay of 3,00-4,000 words to be submitted for Summative Assessment. 

Formative assessment methods:

1 formative piece of writing (essay plan/500words) is required prior to summative submission. Essay tutorials in advance of writing assignments accompany feedback tutorials that discuss your written feedback and help you plan future essays.

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 2019

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 1 May 2019


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