Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Art and Society 2: Gender and Identity in Contemporary Art
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 5 x 2 hours seminars
Lecture 5 Hours.


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   Computer Assisted learning test, computer room required  50%
Semester Assessment 2500 word essay  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to

  • understand the concepts and debates aroung gender, post-colonialism and minority identity
  • recognise the work of key artists covered on the course
  • be able to read critically the historical and theoretical writing associated with this topic
  • develop expertise in note-taking, library research, essay writing and presentation of ideas in class discussion

Transferable skills

  • Writing in an academic context
  • Oral discussion and presentation
  • IT and information technology
  • Time management and group work

Brief description

The aim of the course is to examine selected topics and artists whose work has addressed issues of gender and identity. The period covered is 1920 to the present time, with an emphasis on contemporary art. The course follows on from Art and Society 1 which dealt with aspects of non-western art and
their place in the contemporary world. Much of this course deals with artists whose work has addressed issues of identity: ethnic minorities in a dominant culture - black, Latino or Native American and artists whose work deals with gender, feminist and gay issues. The course will introduce students to some of the current debates around gender, post-colonialism and representation by examining the work of selected artists and exhibitions.


This module is at CQFW Level 6