The Dawn of Modernism in Central Europe HISTART4042

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course covers a key transitional period of Central European Art, with special emphasis on Fin-de-Siècle Vienna and the impact of new medical and scientific thought on the development of Early Modernist artistic theory and practice.


1 x 1hr lecture; 1 x 1hr seminar per week over 10 weeks per Semester, as scheduled on MyCampus. This is one of the Honours options in History of Art and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Successful completion of Junior Honours in History of Art

Excluded Courses





Essay 1 - (3,500 words) - 35%

Essay 2 - (3,500 words) - 35%

Reflective Exercise (1,000 words) - 10%

Seminar presentation of 10 minutes accompanied by a 1000 word summary and PowerPoint slides - 20%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:  

■ introduce the most signifcant artistic, cultural and socio-political developments in central Europe between 1870 and 1918

■ define and analyse the key artistic moments, movements and trends of central Europe during the period of the course

■ relate art historical developments in the context of social, political, economic and scientific forces of the period

■ evaluate relevant cultural connections between different central European countries and compare/contrast their responses to fin-de-siècle trends

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


■ apply their skills in critical and visual analysis and interpretation at a level which will enable them to transfer such skills to other areas of their studies

■ critically evaluate the possible approaches to central European art, architecture and design of the period 

■ employ analytical, communicative and critical skills in order to effectively communicate ideas and developed skills

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.