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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Unit aim

Introduces students to the key thinkers, theories, methods and issues associated with looking at, and thinking about, art. A variety of Western and non-Western creative practices are examined, from prehistory to the present, focussing on the tools of semiotic analysis as applied to art, historical artefacts and cultural production more broadly.

Unit content

  • The practice of art history
  • Pre-modern, modern and contemporary art
  • Visual literacy
  • The politics of looking
  • Material analysis
  • Interpretation and context

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 recognise the semiotic processes underpinning engagement in art and culture
2 demonstrate creativity when analysing cultural products
3 recognise and communicate the political implications of cultural production
4 identify and innovatively analyse a range of cultural products from different eras.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. recognise the semiotic processes underpinning engagement in art and culture
  2. demonstrate creativity when analysing cultural products
  3. recognise and communicate the political implications of cultural production
  4. identify and innovatively analyse a range of cultural products from different eras.

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.