Art history

Reading Art History: Critical Texts

Module code: V3020
Level 5
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

This module looks in-depth at some of the methods of study that have shaped the discipline of art history, and debates that have influenced the nature of art history. The module will cover a variety of dominant methods and influences on the current discipline of art history, such as iconology, feminist theory, post-colonialism, semiotics, and/or the social history of art.

Module learning outcomes

  • Awareness and understanding of a diversity of perspectives within the discipline of art history.
  • Ability to discuss a range of selected texts and interpretative strategies.
  • Ability to consider images in the context of different theoretical approaches.
  • Awareness of the contested nature of art history as a discipline.