Art and Place: Sites, Spaces and Identities (V4158)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

This module will consider how works of art and visual culture relate to the places in which they are produced and consumed, or to which they make reference. It will start by considering a variety of site-specific works, from land art to murals, and will range across other practices such as performance and conceptual art.

You will acquire frameworks to discuss how works of art engage with urban locations and the natural world, as well as the role played by cultural production in developing regional and national identities. The examples in the taught component of the module will be drawn from nineteenth and twentieth century American art, but the module will equip you to research how works of art, architecture, and visual culture relate to place from a wide variety of other contexts.


100%: Seminar


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

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: