GERMAN ART IN THE ERA OF THE COLD WAR (1961-1989) HISTART4022

  • 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.

Timetable

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).

Assessment

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

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.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and critical analysis of the period, issues and material covered by the course. They will do this by:

- recognising, analysing and critically evaluating the practice of the artists studied.

- engaging with, reflecting on and critically evaluating the relationship between art and politics in both the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic.

- identifying, evaluating, comparing and discussing historical accounts and theoretical and critical interpretations of the visual material studied and its political aspects.

- drawing conclusions from the visual and textual evidence to construct reasoned arguments in both oral and written form in response to given questions.