Dada In Switzerland And Germany HISTART5011

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course examines the origins of Dada in Zurich during the First World War and its subsequent development in Berlin during the period of the collapse of the German empire and the November Revolution. Aspects of Dada in other centres (Cologne, Hannover etc.) are also considered.


Two hours per week. Lecture and seminar.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level

Excluded Courses





One 4,000-word essay (80%) and one 15-minute oral presentation (20%)

Course Aims

This course aims to:

- examine the origins and development of Dada in Switzerland and Germany over the period ca. 1914-1924.

- situate Dada in relation to the key political ideas, events and movements of the period.

- examine in detail selected key works of the period, in a range of media.

- evaluate current and recent critical approaches to Dada.

- trace the links between Dada and relevant theories of modernity and of art in relation to proletarian culture.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On completion of the course, students should be able to:

Discuss critically and distinguish between the work of various Dadaists under the differing conditions in Switzerland and Germany.

Explain the historical and political factors that were relevant for Dada's development.

Analyse relevant works (both text and image) in detail and to an appropriate critical standard.

Critically assess a range of recent and current approaches to Dada.

Articulate their knowledge of and
views on Dada in both verbal and written form to an appropriate academic standard.

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.