Art and Authority in Japan
- Start date
- End date
- Year of study
- Term 1
- Module code
- FHEQ Level
- School of Arts & Department of History of Art and Archaeology
This module aims to examine the imageries of power, status and authority in Japan.
The material covered may address a particular theme - such as Buddhist Art in Japan or Art and Power during the Tokugawa Shogunate - or address the intersection of art and authority in a particular period in Japanese history, such as the Edo (1603-1868) or Meiji (1868-1912) periods. The material examined may range from wall- and screen-paintings to the art and architecture of temple, court, state and/or empire. Class discussion will be complemented by study-visits to museums.
Objectives and learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module students will be able to
- Assess the role of the visual arts in the construction and maintenance of authority in Japan.
- Evaluate the spatial and/or institutional contexts for the production and use of art in Japan.
- Analyse different approaches to understanding the art and/or architecture of Japan.
- Lectures: 1 hour per week
- Seminars: 1 hour per week
Method of assessment
- 1,000-word review/report (worth 30% of marks)
- 2,000-word essay (worth 70%)
Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.