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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2012-2013 (archived)

Module EDUC3301: Single Dissertation in History of Art

Department: Education

EDUC3301: Single Dissertation in History of Art

Type Open Level 3 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2012/13 Module Cap None. Location Durham


  • Either EDUC2331 or EDUC2371 if not taken as a co-requisite.


  • Either EDUC2331 or EDUC2371 if not already taken as a pre-requisite or EDUC3261

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To allow students to undertake an extended and independent piece of art historical research which both draws upon and develops their understanding of the theory and practice of art history as taught in the Art History modules (EDUC 1441, EDUC 2331, EDUC2371 & EDUC 3261).
  • To provide students the opportunity to engage critically with existing art historical scholarship in relation to the subject of their research and to engage with that subject at a deep and meaningful level.
  • To encourage students to explore the relationship between the specific debates and issues attendant upon the subject of their study and the wider field of art historical enquiry.
  • To prepare students for post-graduate work in the History of Art.


  • Single Dissertation on a substantial topic in the field of Art History chosen by the student and approved by the module convenor.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • The student will gain an extended knowledge of the subject of their research.
  • The student will gain an in-depth understanding of the art historical issues hinging around that subject.
  • The student will learn about differing critical approaches relevant to their subject e.g. feminist, socio-historical, psychoanalytical and Modernist views.
  • The student will develop their knowledge and understanding of subject-specific terminology.
  • The student will gain an understanding of how the specific subject of their research relates to the wider field of art historical enquiry.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • to think critically about differing ways of understanding the subject of their research and will engage with differing critical approaches.
  • to negotiate competing views about their subject and how to form a considered opinion in response to those views.
  • to undertake extended pictorial analyses of art works and will gain experience in 'reading' and interpreting them.
  • gain experience of using primary sources by working in archives, museums and galleries (where possible).
Key Skills:
  • develop the skills of critical argumentation .
  • develop their organisational and written skills.
  • learn how to support their interpretations with appropriate evidence.
  • engage with their peers at a professional level by respecting, evaluating and responding appropriately to the views advanced by others.
  • extend their ICT skills in the presentation of their dissertation.
  • experience of meeting and working with existing professionals e.g. art historians, critics, artists etc. (where possible).
  • identify and locate the primary and secondary sources that are necessary to their research subject.

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

  • Supervision, which monitors the development of the learning outcomes above is appropriate to the writing of an independent study.
  • Peer teaching and support is encouraged via group meetings and use of Duo.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 1 1 in first term 1 hour 1
Tutorials 3 Two in first term, one in second term 1 hour 3
Research, reading & writing Spaced throughout the year 196
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Single Dissertation Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Single Dissertation 7,500 words maximum 100%

Formative Assessment:

Ideas and progress clarified and reviewed through tutorials and student to receive verbal feedback. Drafts of chapters monitored regularly.

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