Representing Women (V4023)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

How do we begin to explore the work of women artists and images of women? How are women artists discussed and exhibited in our national galleries and museums today? How were women represented in portraiture? What were the social and cultural contexts for these images? Why do these things matter – or don’t they?

We will also be exploring what feminist approaches to art history and history can offer - and what the limitations might be. During the course, we will discuss recent debates about the subject and consider the different ways in which it has been approached.


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 2024/25. 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: