• Academic Session: 2014-15
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Course Aims

- to introduce students to key practices, groupings, individual works and debates in German art (of the FRG and GDR) of the period ca. 1961-1989.

- to provide a structured framework for informed consideration and discussion of texts and images in the context of German and wider Cold War politics.

- to encourage students to reflect critically on the cultural-political issues of the period (representation of Germany's National Socialist past, abstraction-figuration debates, censorship and the role of the State in the arts on both sides of the border) and relate these to the visual material examined.

- to develop and encourage students' critical skills through the analysis in class and in independent learning of both texts and images of the period.

- to suggest ways of thinking about the wider implications for the relationship between art and politics raised by the course.


1 x one hour Lecture and 1 x one hour seminar per week for one Term.

Requirements of Entry

C+(14) achieved at the first sitting of the Level-2 7FKV or through completion of two of the four Level-2 courses 8CAV, 8CCV, 9UVV and 8CBV at grade band C+ (14).


1 x 2 hour Degree Examination plus 1 2,000 word essay and an oral presentation or a written review

Main Assessment In: April/May