Art history

The Order of Things: The Museum and its Objects

Module code: V4137A
Level 6
30 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Workshop, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework, Unseen examination

This module uses the expertise of a specialist from one of the national museums, who will be present as part of an academic exchange. Currently, the exchange is with the Victoria and Albert Museum, but it may include specialists from other museums in future years.

The focus of this module is on a particular body of material drawn from the collection of the museum, dating from a specific time and place. This is employed as a basis for you to study issues in museology and museum history, as well as in art history and the history of culture.

You will undertake some general reading in the history of museums and debates in museology. Further reading is provided by the specialist in the field addressed.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate detailed and coherent critical evaluation of the visual culture relating to this subject within its historical context.
  • Develop an independently researched critical approach to the subject and present it in a written format.
  • Demonstrate critical understanding of the differing approaches of current art-historical scholarship about this subject.
  • Have an awareness and understanding of materials and techniques, and of some of the museological issues involved in collecting and exhibiting the art works studied.