ART AND THE BRITISH EMPIRE, C.1760-1857 HISTART4007

  • Academic Session: 2015-16
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Course Aims

This course aims to examine developments in the visual arts in Britain, c.1760-1857, in relation to the country's emergence as an imperial power.

Through this, it aims to promote students acquisition of generic skills of critical and visual analysis, and their knowledge and understanding of an important area of western art and art-historical debate, as a means to support progression to study of art history at Senior Honours level and beyond.

Timetable

One lecture and one seminar per week of one hour each, with an oral presentation and follow-up discussion in the seminar.

Course lectures will present key themes through close analysis of a range of visual imagery. Seminars will encourage students to develop their own responses to these themes, and focus on key examples and texts; these make take the form of a visit to a relevant collection, e.g. the Hunterian; Kelvingrove Art Gallery; or the National Gallery of Scotland.

Occasional tutorials for additional one-to-one feedback e.g. on essays and oral presentations will also be given, as need dictates.

Requirements of Entry

Entry to Honours may be either through completion at Grade band C+ (14/20) or higher at the first sitting of the Level 2 7FKV or through completion of the Level 2 courses 8CBV and 9UVV at Grade band C+ (14/20).

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course aims to examine developments in the visual arts in Britain, c.1760-1857, in relation to the country's emergence as an imperial power.

Through this, it aims to promote students acquisition of generic skills of critical and visual analysis, and their knowledge and understanding of an important area of western art and art-historical debate, as a means to support progression to study of art history at Senior Honours level and beyond.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On completing the course, students should be able to demonstrate their acquisition of knowledge and skills by:
- Identifying and validly commenting on individual artists and their works (particularly in oral presentations and exam answers).
- Applying knowledge of general artistic and historical trends to both individual artworks and to the characterization of the period as a whole (particularly in exam answers).
- Summarizing the main trends in art of the period in relation to British imperial development
- Identifying key arguments in source texts and evaluating them (particularly in seminar discussions and in essays).
- Assessing the roles of the visual arts in representing British colonialism and imperialism, and evaluating the impact of empire on painting, sculpture and the graphic arts during the period in question.