The World Encompassed: Art and Empire (V4003)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

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.


33%: Practical (Workshop)
67%: Seminar


30%: Practical (Presentation)
70%: Written assessment (Dissertation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 300 hours of work. This breaks down into 33 hours of contact time and 267 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.