Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

The World Encompassed: Art and Empire

Module V4003

Module details for 2017/18.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

This optional final-year module consists of an in-depth consideration of the visual arts in relation to imperialism, picking up on Edward Said's important intervention in proposing a critical relation between 'culture and imperialism'. It looks at the ways in which the visual arts were influenced and informed by the material processes and ideologies of empire, from imperial war to colonial settlement. It considers not just how artists reacted, referred to and exploited empire in their work (by, for example, taking the opportunity to cultivate new markets in newly colonized territories), but how empire was represented to a domestic audience and informed visual and aesthetic discourse.

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate detailed and coherent critical evaluation of specific visual culture relating to this subject and understanding of the significance of this theme to wider thematic debates in art history.

Undertake sustained independent written research and develop in-depth argument taking into account a variety of scholarly perspectives.

Synthesize complex scholarly information and independent research coherently in the form of oral presentation.

Demonstrate critical understanding of some of the differing approaches of current art-historical scholarship about this subject and how specific examples relate to the overall issues of the topic.

PresentationSemester 2 AssessmentFri 17:0030.00%
Dissertation (6000 words)Semester 2 Assessment Week 1 Mon 16:0070.00%

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
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Spring SemesterWorkshop1 hour11111111111

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Prof Geoffrey Quilley

Convenor, Assess convenor

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