|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Compilation of an annotated bibliography in MLA style (Works Consulted) in preparation for the essay project. (1500 words) - 15 sources, at least 10 of which annotated (i.e., summary, assessment, excerpts).||35%|
|Semester Assessment||MLA-style research essay on the function of figures in a work of landscape art. (2000 words) - plus list of Works Cited and list of figures (illustrations) with captions.||65%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Compilation of an annotated bibliography in MLA style (Works Consulted) in preparation for the essay project. (1500 words) - 15 sources, at least 10 of which annotated (i.e., summary, assessment, excerpts).||35%|
|Supplementary Assessment||MLA-style research essay on the function of figures in a work of landscape art. (2000 words) - plus list of Works Cited (bibliography) and list of figures (illustrations) with captions.||65%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Examine works of art and visual culture in their historical, national and sociopolitical contexts.
2. Discuss the functions, development and canonical status of Western landscape art/visual culture.
3. Distinguish between intention and reception as well as object and idea.
4. Describe works of art and visual culture effectively and analyse them formally.
5. Gather key concepts/terminology to classify, define and interpret works of art and visual culture.
6. Carry out art historical research; evaluate, document and cite secondary sources.
A series of lectures examines artistic modes and movements in a variety of media (painting, photography, cartography and land art) and explores them in their historical contexts. The lectures are arranged chronologically so as to chart changing attitudes and approaches to land, nature and the environment in art practice and theory.
The lectures are followed up by seminars that are designed not only to debate points raised in the lectures but also to build practical skills essential to all art history modules and thus to prepare students for their undergraduate coursework. Such skills include: observation and description, definition and classification, expanding an active and academically sound vocabulary, interpretation, contextualization and argumentation, along with researching, quoting and paraphrasing and the documentation of sources.
Follow-up seminar 1—Definition and Description
Lecture 2—Nature and Culture: Seventeenth-century Dutch ‘Views’
Follow-up seminar 2—Classification
Lecture 3—Taste and Feeling: Romantic Landscapes
Follow-up seminar 3—Research and Contextual Analysis
Lecture 4—Illusionism and Abstraction: Modernist Landscapes
Follow-up seminar 4—Citation and Documentation
Lecture 5—Habitat and Environment: Postmodern and Contemporary Responses to Nature
Follow-up seminar 5—Argumentation and Outlining
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Communication||Articulating and debating ideas in seminar discussions, project tutorials as well as written assignments.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Independent study through research, vocabulary building and essay preparation.|
|Information Technology||Information retrieval from academic research portals and online museum collection databases.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Emphasis on professionalism in the presentation and documentation of research.|
|Problem solving||In seminar discussions, essay drafting and revision, as well as in individual tutorials.|
|Research skills||In essay preparation and the gathering of relevant, scholarly sources.|
|Subject Specific Skills||In defining the term ‘landscape’ and classifying landscape art encountered in a variety of media and (art) historical contexts.|
|Team work||By working in teams (of two or three) for in-class projects and exercises in researching, writing, outlining and editing during the seminars.|
This module is at CQFW Level 4