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Art and Society in the Nineteenth Century


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 5
  • Assessment: a 2500-word essay (50%) and three-hour take-home examination (50%)

Module description

This module is not intended as a survey of artists and schools of the period. It is assumed that you will already have a basic knowledge of these (such as is provided in the module Introduction to Modern Art).

The course will examine key issues during the period through the following, each consisting of four to five classes:

  • The City
  • Art and Travel
  • Class and Labour
  • Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will:

  • be able to use different forms of historical material relating to the history of art in Europe in the nineteenth century
  • understand the relationships between social, economic and political forces and the artistic practices of the period, and make close analyses of relevant texts and images.