FIN2035 : Art and War (Inactive)
- Inactive for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Professor Vee Pollock
- Other Staff: Mr Matthew Hearn
- Owning School: Arts & Cultures
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||20|
Art and war intersect in multifaceted and complex ways. Art has been used to document, reflect upon, critique and memorialise acts of war. Some would argue that ultimately language and art fail in their ability to truly encapsulate the experience of war and others that art can intervene where other forms of expression fail. Given the sensitive nature of the subject, the art produced in response is often contentious and heavily debated. Focussing predominantly on works from the 20th century to the present, this module will critically examine the relationship between war and art, drawing on examples from a range of media. As well as officially commissioned war art, war reporting, degenerate art, political works and memorials will also be considered. Throughout the course, discussion will be informed by the work of writers and theorists from a range of disciplines.
Outline Of Syllabus
During this course, students will examine the relationship between art and war through a series of thematic topics which cover a range of media. As well as studying officially commissioned war art, other potential themes are: the ethics of war reporting, looking at the work of war photographers such as Robert Capa and contemporary photographers such as Luc Delahaye; Entartete Kunst (Degenerate Art), examining the relationship between the Nazi party and modern art considering work by artists such as Kathe Kollwitz and also how the Nazi’s used culture as a propagandist tool; Styles and Conflict, how certain styles become associated with particular periods in history; Heroism, gender and identity, contrasting the heroism generated in certain war art with the critique posed by artists such as George Grosz and Otto Dix; Scarred Landscapes, analysing how the established genre of landscape painting altered in face of war and became a vehicle for considering both the appropriateness of a modernist aesthetic and the devastation of war, and Art of Political Conflict/Art of Resolution, examining Belfast murals and the work of photographers such as Paul Seawright. The module will also consider issues surrounding memorialisation, the avant-garde and contemporary responses to the ‘War on Terror.’
Throughout the course, discussion will be informed by the work of writers and theorists from a range of disciplines.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||60:00||60:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||22||1:00||22:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||24:00||24:00||Seminar preparation|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||11||1:00||11:00||Seminar|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||1||1:00||1:00||Office hour|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||1||2:00||2:00||Museum visit|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||80:00||80:00||N/A|
Jointly Taught With
|FIN3036||Art and War|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
1. Lectures: to allow definition of the scope of the syllabus, an introduction to a body of knowledge, and modeling of the level and nature of the analysis required
2. Seminars: to encourage interaction and the development of cognitive and key skills; to allow preparation and presentation of directed research on specific issues and case studies
3. Tutorials: to provide feedback and analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of submitted work, and increase awareness of the potential for individual development
4. Museum/Gallery Visits: to enrich student’s experience and inform the student of visual, technical and material aspects of the art of the period.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||2||M||25||1000 word visual analysis assignment|
|Essay||2||M||25||1000 word text-based analysis assignment|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The course work affords students the opportunity to conduct research with seminar and peer support into particular areas of interest, to develop their organizational and presentation skills, and then to demonstrate their ability to think independently in using their group-work to inform their individual essay. The essay demonstrates the student’s ability to absorb and critique information and then present an argument in relation to a specific topic. It demonstrates the student’s ability to relay an argument in a clear manner using appropriate academic writing skills. The analysis assignments enable the student to present a detailed critique on visual and theoretical issues raised in the course through detailed case studies.