Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Women, Art and Audience 1830-1914 HISTART4044

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

To introduce students to the 19th century world inhabited by women artists, focusing on Britain and France and to establish key themes and debates that determined their practice and relationship with their audiences/readerships.


One lecture and one seminar per week over 10 weeks as scheduled in MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into History of Art, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes who qualify under the University's 25% regulation

Excluded Courses





Exam (90 minutes) open exam within - 40%

Essay (2000 words) - 40% 

Oral Presentation (10 mins) or equivalent exercise - 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 students to the 19th century world inhabited by women artists, focusing on Britain and France

■ establish key themes and debates that determined their practice and relationship with their audiences/readerships.

■ help students to understand thoroughly the attitudes and self-reflections/self-narratives of individual women artists in the context of wider currents of social and political change.

■ encourage learning through seminar participation, seminar presentations and guided independent study.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

■ analyse the visual and cultural framework inhabited by nineteenth century women artists in Britain and France

■ utilise key methodological approaches to investigate the production and reception of works by women artists.

■ evaluate and demonstrate understanding of key critical texts and visual resources relevant to the topic

■ demonstrate enhanced organisational and public speaking skills

■ employ critical, visual and research skills to present a coherent and considered argument

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.