Pop Life: After Modern Art (V4134D)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

Examine developments in western art from 1945 to the present, placing them in a variety of social and cultural contexts.

We begin with Pop Art and its relation to 1950s consumerism. Next, we chart the rise of conceptual art practices in the context of 1960s counterculture.

You explore the challenge that identity politics and feminism presented to a predominantly white, male, Eurocentric art establishment in the 1960s. We’ll also explore the emergence of post-modernism.

To conclude, you look at ‘relational’ art practices in the 1990s and 2000s, along with the rise of the art biennial.


100%: Seminar

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 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 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


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