- MA in Archaeology
- MA in Archaeology and Heritage of Asia
- MA in Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East
- MA in Artefact Studies
- MA in Comparative Art and Archaeology
- MA in Cultural Heritage Studies
- MA in Egyptian Archaeology
- MA in Managing Archaeological Sites
- MA in Mediterranean Archaeology
- MA in Museum Studies
- MA in Principles of Conservation
- MA in Public Archaeology
- MA in Research Methods for Archaeology
- MSc in Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology
- MSc in Conservation for Archaeology and Museums
- MSc in Environmental Archaeology
- MSc in GIS and Spatial Analysis in Archaeology
- MSc in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology
- MSc in Computational Archaeology: GIS, Data Science and Complexity
- MSc in Archaeological Science: Technology and Materials
Miss Lisa Daniel
UCL Institute of Archaeology
31-34 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PY
+44 (0)20 7679 749
Art: interpretation and explanation
This course aims to introduce students to a range of approaches to art conceived as a behavioural, social and cultural phenomenon.
Particular attention will be paid to questions of conceptualisation, theoretical logic and to the methodologies of art interpretation, with a broadly comparative framework.
Aims of the course
This course aims to introduce students to a range of theoretical approaches to art conceived as a behavioral, social and cultural phenomenon. Particular attention will be paid to questions of conceptualization, theoretical logic and to the methodologies of art interpretation within a broadly comparative framework.
On successful completion of this course a student should:
- Have a basic knowledge of the major theoretical perspectives and methodologies in art analysis.
- Be able to explain the main strengths and shortcomings of such theories and methodologies
- Be able to critically evaluate the selection and implementation of such perspectives in secondary literature
- Be able to develop an independent research project informed by theoretical perspectives and based upon methodologies appropriate to their empirical material
On successful completion of the course students should have developed:
- Independence in the critical assessment and evaluation of research.
- Ability to orally 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.
- Ability to apply acquired knowledge in context of independent work.
The course is taught through 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. Students may be asked to make short presentations of case study material – in order to maximize the spread of comparative knowledge whilst ensuring the amount of reading is manageable.
- Code: ARCLG067
- Credits: 30
- Coordinator: Jeremy Tanner
- Prerequisite: A background in art history, anthropology or archaeology of art.
- Handbook: open»
For registered students
- Running in 2016-17