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Dissertation in History of Art and Archaeology: Contemporary Art and Art Theory of Asia and Africa

Module Code:
FHEQ Level:
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Full Year

This is a 9,000-10,000-word research project on a topic linked to the course chosen as a major. The dissertation is normally written over the summer period and is submitted in September. 

The dissertation provides an opportunity for further regional and/or temporal specialisation and research on a topic of direct interest to the student. It is normally expected that students make use of at least primary sources, textual and visual. The proximity to the school of many archive depositories, museums and galleries, enhances the potential for this type of dissertation work.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of the Dissertation the student will have:

  • research, writing and organisational skills in the field of the Contemporary art of Asia and Africa through independent study and the completion of a written assignment based on primary and secondary written and visual sources
  • in-depth knowledge and understanding of approaches, methods and theories in the history of art and/or archaeology, with reference to contemporary art
  • in-depth knowledge of the art and/or archaeology of the region and time period under discussion

Method of assessment

  • One 300-word summary of research project (worth 5%)
  • One 700-word annotated bibliography (worth 9%)
  • One dissertation of 9,000-10,000 words submitted by the School Dissertation deadline (worth 86%)


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