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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)

Module ARCH52560: Theory and Practice in Art Studies (Double Module)

Department: Archaeology

ARCH52560: Theory and Practice in Art Studies (Double Module)

Type Open Level 4 Credits 60 Availability Available in 2007/08


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To develop a wide and in-depth knowledge and understanding of specialised aspects of Prehistoric art, allowing students to engage in in-depth analysis of prehistoric art representations.
  • To evaluate a wide variety of recent approaches to fieldwork in prehistoric art, and the mangement and presentation of art sites.


  • Indicative content:
  • Hunting magic vs. records of everyday life in rock art;
  • Totemism;
  • Style and habitus;
  • Art and identity: ethnicity and gender;
  • Art and belief in the past;
  • Structuralism and post-sturcturalism in the archaeology of art;
  • Shamanism;
  • Art in the landscape;
  • Rock art traditions (I): Atlantic rock art; Rock art traditions (II): Post- palaeolithic art beyond the Atlantic area;
  • Appoaching the art of indigenous peoples; the politics of art in archaeology and anthropology;
  • Recording pictographs and petroglyphs;
  • Dating art;
  • Management of archaeological art and presentation to the public.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
    Subject-specific Skills:
      Key Skills:

        Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

        • through a series of lectures and tutorials.

        Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

        Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
        Lectures 22 weekly 1 hour 22
        Tutorials 9 Normally every two weeks 1 hour 9
        Seminars 6 Normally every two weeks 1 hour 6
        Preparation and Reading 563
        Total 600

        Summative Assessment

        Component: Essays 1 Component Weighting: 40%
        Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
        Essay 1 2,000 words 50%
        Essay 2 2,000 words 50%
        Component: Essays 2 Component Weighting: 60%
        Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
        Essay 3 3,000 words 50%
        Essay 4 3,000 words 50%

        Formative Assessment:

        Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University