Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

The Golden State: Art in California, 1945-1981

Module V4159

Module details for 2017/18.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

This module explores the art and visual culture produced in California between 1945 and 1981. It considers how a regionally specific cultural identity was formed through dialogue with other centres of cultural production, namely New York, as well as shaped by economic, social, historical and geo-political factors unique to the region. These include the state’s border with Mexico, its location on the Pacific rim, and its climate and landscape. The module will also pay close attention to the role played by cultural and educational institutions in enabling, supporting and promoting cultural activity. Students will be introduced to a wide variety of media, including painting, sculpture, assemblage, collage, architecture, murals, film, performance and photography. We will explore how these cultural forms negotiated gender, sexual, racial and class politics and contributed to activist groups such as second wave and radical feminism, the anti-Vietnam movement, the ecological movement, the civil rights movement, the Black Panthers, gay and lesbian liberation, and the new left.

Unseen ExaminationSemester 1 Assessment30.00%
Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayT1 Week 10 100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn SemesterSeminar2 hours11111111111
Autumn SemesterWorkshop1 hour11111111111

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Dr Joanna Pawlik

Convenor, Assess convenor

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