Institute of Archaeology
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This course aims to introduce students to major theoretical perspectives in the history, sociology and anthropology of art and to questions of theoretical logic in art history writing in the context of a course dedicated to the consideration of problems in Greco-Roman art and the historiography of classical art.

Topics to be considered will range from the social origins of classical art history as a discipline to the place of the classical tradition in a post-modern world.

Perspectives engaged with will include amongst others structuralism, Marxism, reception theory and Parsonian action theory.

Aims of the course

This course aims to introduce students to major theoretical perspectives in art history, sociology and anthropology of art and to questions of theoretical logic in art-history writing, in the context of a course dedicated to the consideration of problems in Greco-Roman art and the historiography of classical art.

Objectives

On successful completion of this course a student should:

  • Have a knowledge of the historical and the contemporary context of the classical art history as a discipline
  • Have an critical understanding of the major paradigms of classical art history
  • Be able critically to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of differing theoretical approaches to classical art.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students should have developed:

  • Independence in the critical assessment and evaluation of research
  • Ability to communicate and discuss in clear terms complex ideas and theories
  • Ability to develop sustained and coherent written analysis and evaluation of other people’s research

Teaching Methods

The course is taught through weekly two-hour seminars. Seminars have weekly recommended readings, which students will be expected to have done, to be able fully to follow and actively to contribute to discussion.

  • Code: ARCLG053
  • Credits: 30
  • Coordinator: Jeremy Tanner
  • Prerequisite: Students should have some background in classical art history and/or archaeology.
  • Handbook: open»

For registered students

  • Moodle page: open»
  • Turnitin id: 434896
  • Reading list:

Availability: Not running in 2013-14


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