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Department of the History of Art and Archaeology

Modern and Contemporary Arts in Africa

Course Code:
15PARH048
Unit value:
0.5
Year of study:
Any
Taught in:
Term 2
This course adopts a thematic approach to the study of photography and the contemporary arts of Africa to explore the discourses that underpin their practice. A number of case studies will be considered starting with photography (categorised as still, moving and digital photography) as the first modernist art form in Africa. The course will consider the localised histories of production, distribution and consumption of photography and the contemporary arts and the key issues and approaches to understanding their developments.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

  • At the end of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate
  • To develop an understanding of the methods, practice and key issues in art history and visual culture in relation to photography and contemporary arts.
  • To be able to assess critically the materials and themes explored in the course and evaluate different approaches by art historians and visual theorists. 
  • To develop/consolidate a range of skills relevant to an understanding of photography and the contemporary arts of Africa; and to general research and study skills through participation in the course.
  • To have an appreciation of the variety of cultural values and explore their implications for equality issues such as class, "race", gender, sexual orientation, age and disability as they pertain to the course and the issues raised.

Workload

2 Hours per week

Method of assessment

One assignment at 15% (1,000 word book review), One assignment at 65% (4,000 words)
Test - 20%