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FIN1008 : Art and Ideas: an introduction to Modernism (Inactive)

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The focus of this module is European Modernism during the period 1900 to 1945 and its relationship to the development of liberal thought in the early twentieth century. It aims to locate modernist practice within its social, political and historical context; to develop awareness of the discourses within modernism; and to help students acquire the necessary critical skills with which to analyse the art produced. A key aspect throughout is the study of principal texts produced by artists, theorists, critics and writers at the time, and also a critical analysis of what is meant by an ‘avant-garde movement’.

Outline Of Syllabus

The content of the course is updated and revised each year but students can expect to cover topics such as: Introducing M/modernism; Art and the Urban; Picasso; Cubism; The Shock of the New: London; Russian Constructivism and Suprematism; Futurism; German Expressionism; De Stijl and Bauhaus; Dada and Surrealism.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00Core teaching
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion162:0062:00Preparation for essay/exam
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading122:0022:00Preparation for seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00Office hours
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork21:303:00Museum visits
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study182:0082:00N/A
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. Workshops: to encourage development of key skills in a supportive environment

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A50N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M501800 words
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 students ability to relay an argument in a clear manner using appropriate academic writing skills. The exam allows students to demonstrate the knowledge learnt throughout the course. In both the coursework and the exam there is the opportunity to demonstrate visual analysis.

Reading Lists