Module
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for Liberal Studies (Art History) - BA (Hons) with Integrated Foundation

Foundation Level Modules

Foundation Seminar Part 1 and 2

The purpose of these modules is to introduce students to major ideas within the Western tradition through an encounter with its greatest works. The modules considers the Western tradition (including works of literature, philosophy, religion, art and science) from the ancient world to the Enlightenment. The modules will encourage and facilitate discussions and examinations of these ideas and how they relate to each other. The modules will utilise a core text curriculum to deliver these aims.

Quantitative Literacy

Quantitative Literacy introduces students to the basic concepts of data analysis. This module covers probability as well as descriptive and inferential statistics. The emphasis throughout is on “real world” application and the mathematical tools available to develop analytical as well as empirical thinking skills.

Scientific Understanding - Principles of Biology

This module introduces students to the fundamental principles of biology. The module covers cell biology and introduces the five major kingdoms of life. Genetics, gene expression & evolution are also explored in context with recent discoveries in these fields. The module will also examine the application of current biotechnologies in agriculture, medicine and the environment.

Introduction to the Humanities

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the humanities. It will acquaint them both with the common elements shared between the constituent humanities disciplines and also with the difference in subject matter, approaches and techniques. The module will achieve this by choosing a particular theme that is the subject of interdisciplinary consideration within the humanities. The module will encourage and facilitate discussions and diverse examinations of this theme. The module will utilise a core text curriculum to deliver these aims.

Business and Management

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the study of business, its structure and functions, in a global environment. It will provide students with an understanding of different types of business structure and ownership, key business concepts, economic principles, and major functional areas of a business, including management, marketing, human resources, accounting and finance. The module will also review the role of commercial organisations in society and ethical dilemmas in business.

International Relations

This module examines how state and non-state actors confront contemporary global problems. It also introduces students to the subfields of international relations: international security, international political economy, foreign policy, international relations theory, international organizations and international law.

Media Studies

In today’s media saturated environments, it can be challenging to understand how media and communications technologies and processes shape societies and our everyday lives. This module aims to provide students with important conceptual tools for making sense of the relationships between media, society and culture. This module introduces students to the history, development and contemporary role of media and communications. In terms of history, this module maps the early development of modern media beginning with the printing press and early electronic media to social and mobile media. In terms conceptual tools, this module provides an overview of influential thinkers in media and communications from theories on media as “mass communications” characterizing the 20th century to “convergence culture” which better characterizes the 21st. Students are expected to develop knowledge and understanding of the field of media and communications and to be able to ask critical questions about future directions in media and communications.

Psychology

The aim of this module is to encourage students’ understanding of, and enthusiasm for, psychology by providing a core understanding of the discipline and the topics studied by psychologists. The content will help students build awareness of what modern psychology is and will introduce them to the major branches of psychology. The module will highlight the applied aspects of the discipline and will describe the relevance of psychology to other subjects and disciplines at a theoretical and applied level. 

Political Science

This module aims to introduce students to the main concepts within the field of Political Science. Class will explore basic concepts such as state, nation, parties, elections, sovereignty, leaderships, power, parliaments, government and many more. Students will be introduced to methods of inquiry and theoretical frameworks that will enable them analytically examine wide range of political phenomena both domestically and internationally. 

First Year Modules

ARH401 Introduction to the History of Art

The module aims to introduce students to the history of art. It is structured to cover material from across time and regions around the world in order to explore ongoing underlying themes. The module aims to introduce students to works of art and artefacts that have been produced in a wide range of different cultures to examine the relationship between the work of art and the social and political context in which it was produced and received.

Core module for Art History majors.

ARH402 Introduction to the History of Art II

The module introduces students to the history of art. It is structured to cover material from across periods and regions around the world and explore ongoing underlying themes and issues. The module aims to introduce students to works of art and artefacts that have been produced in a wide range of different cultures in order to examine the relationships between works and the social and political contexts in which they were produced and received. Introduction to the History of Art II covers works of art and artefacts from the Baroque to early Modernism. The module explores the effects of political change and growing industrialisation with regard to the production and reception of art.

Core module for Art History majors.

ART401 Introduction to Drawing

Students are introduced to practices in drawing. The aim is to gain confidence in drawing ability through two key methods: weekly classes in which students draw using a variety of materials and the study of drawings in the history of art. Students develop their observational skills by examining subjects in a wide range of settings.

Core module for Art History majors.

ARTH403 Contemporary Art

The module aims to introduce students to the wide diversity of contemporary art, from traditional media such as drawing, painting and sculpture, to more recent media including film and photography. Its purpose is to increase students’ comprehension of the multiple factors involved in the production and reception of contemporary art through gallery visits and classroom discussions. The module aims to develop critical reading and research skills through first hand analysis of writings on contemporary art which students explore for their presentations and written work.

Core Module for Art History majors.

ARH404 Introductory Special Subject in Art History

This module offers students the opportunity to study specific themes and topics relating to the history of art and visual culture. Students develop visual literacy through study of works on visits and in classroom sessions. They develop research skills through analysis of written texts which students explore for class discussions and written work.

Core module for Art History majors.

Second Year Modules

ARH501 Early Renaissance Art and Society

The module follows the development of Renaissance art in Italy, from the late Medieval period through to the end of the fifteenth century. This module emphasises the major artists and trends in the arts of Italy including painting, drawing and sculpture but also examines work by artists from Northern Europe who pioneered the technique of painting in oil. London holds an impressive collection of Renaissance art and this module is orientated around direct observations of paintings and other artworks in collections in the capital. A practical session will allow students to understand the different media used and how a painting is actually prepared and made.

The primary aim is for students to develop a critical awareness of art, gaining a sound understanding of relevant historical, cultural, social, political and religious factors at play. By the end of the course, students will be aware of the different purposes art served during the period studied and of the stylistic developments occasioned by those purposes. Given that assessment entails the writing of an essay, the module will provide an opportunity for students to develop research and writing skills and employ logical thinking.

Core module for Art History majors.

Module title ARH502 High Renaissance and Mannerist Art

The primary aim of this module is for students to develop a critical awareness of art, gaining a sound understanding of relevant historical, cultural, social, political and religious factors at play. By the end of the course, students will be aware of the different purposes art served during the period studied and of the stylistic developments occasioned by those purposes. Given that assessment entails the writing of an essay, the module will provide an opportunity for students to develop research and writing skills and employ logical thinking.

Core module for Art History majors.

ARH503 Baroque Art

This module introduces students to the art of the seventeenth century in Europe. This module emphasises the major artists and trends in the arts of Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, France and England with a focus on its international nature and as a response to intellectual and cultural forces such as the Counter-Reformation and the Scientific Revolution.

Core module for Art History majors.

ART501 Art and Business

The module explores the complex interactions between art and business. To do so, it examines the institutions of the art market, including commercial galleries, art fairs and auction houses as well as more recent developments in online auction sites and emerging markets. It addresses issues relating to collecting and investment in the contemporary sphere as well as historic examples. The module explores how works of art function as financial assets compared with other investments and how art is invested in both by private and corporate collectors.

Core module for Art History majors.

ARH504 Intermediate Special Subject in Art History

This module offers students the opportunity to study specific themes and topics relating to the history of art and visual culture. Students develop visual literacy through study of works on visits and in classroom sessions. Building on skills learned at levels 1-4, the module will engage with more advanced techniques in art historical analysis.

Core module for Art History majors.

 

Third Year Modules

ARH602 Modernism to Postmodernism

The module explores a variety of movements and practices through the 20th century in relation to the broader concepts of Modernism and Postmodernism. Teaching and learning methods are designed to enable students to develop a critical awareness of art, gaining a sound understanding of various movements in the context of relevant historical, cultural, social and political factors.

Core module for Art History majors.

ARH601 Enlightenment to Impressionism

This module traces intellectual and cultural currents from the Enlightenment through Revolution to birth of Impressionism, encompassing Neo-Classicism, Romanticism, Realism and early Modernism in art. While the artists of France will be studied in detail, this module will also introduce students to British Art of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Core module for Art History majors.

ARH603 Curating

The module addresses the issues relevant to curating, with regard to key texts, terms and methods. It examines how contemporary forms of curating have developed in relation to historic examples. It analyses museums and commercial galleries as cultural institutions, embedded in the social and political realms. The module explores the presentation and reception of works of art and artefacts, in both temporary exhibitions and permanent displays with regard to methods of display and spectatorship in a wide range of venues.

Core module for Art History majors.

ART604 Writing about Art

The module engages students in the history of writing about the visual arts. It explores the theories and methods that have been used to examine the visual, both historically and in contemporary practices. Students examine the ways in which meaning is produced and communicated. The module develops students’ ability to identify and apply a range of writing methods.

Core module for Art History majors.

Major Capstone (Dissertation)

The purpose of this module is to bring together the breadth of a Liberal Arts student’s learning and experience to bear on a major project. Starting from the student’s major area of study the project will reach out to incorporate elements from the totality of learning on the programme and the realisation of the breadth that a Liberal Arts graduate has achieved. The Capstone can take the form of a reflective practice-based project or a traditional written dissertation subject to meeting the word-length equivalencies below. The Capstone will run over two semesters and will be supervised by a minimum of one supervisor although two may be allocated depending on the nature of the work.

Major Capstone (Dissertation)

The purpose of this module is to bring together the breadth of a Liberal Arts student’s learning and experience to bear on a major project. Starting from the student’s major area of study the project will reach out to incorporate elements from the totality of learning on the programme and the realisation of the breadth that a Liberal Arts graduate has achieved. The Capstone can take the form of a reflective practice-based project or a traditional written dissertation subject to meeting the word-length equivalencies below. The Capstone will run over two semesters and will be supervised by a minimum of one supervisor although two may be allocated depending on the nature of the work.