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Connecting the Arts


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 5
  • Convenor: Luisa Calè
  • Assessment: 1000-word essay plan, title and bibliography (10%), 2500-word assessed essay (35%) and 3500-word research essay (55%)

Module description

This core course introduces you to key questions in the arts. We will be thinking about the borders, divisions and convergences of the arts (literature, painting, film, etc). Beginning with G. E. Lessing’s theorisation of the arts as spatial and temporal, the course is divided into four blocks: the verbal, the visual, space and time, which test the divisions and convergences of the arts at particular moments in history (medieval, early modern, contemporary) and in particular media cultures (oral, print, digital). These blocks give you a thorough grounding in the ways the arts have been practised, perceived and theorised. Taught by multiple specialists, Connecting the Arts is also an opportunity to try out different disciplines and cultural forms, helping you make informed and coherent course choices in your degree. The assessment is designed to help you develop your ability to concentrate on close analysis and critical practice in a specific art form as well as developing your ability to make comparisons and to conceptualise the relationship between the arts.

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the various forms and genres of texts in the arts and the different techniques and processes they employ as well as those employed to understand them, perceive them and archive them
  • analyse and discuss the borders and divisions of the arts according to media and institutional cultures and practices
  • identify and analyse how concepts and systems have articulated the divisions and convergences between the arts
  • theorise and historicise time and space as categories for defining and perceiving the arts
  • understand and reconstruct the circulation and modes of transmission of media in particular moments in history
  • identify and make informed discriminations and connections between different disciplinary approaches and content
  • analyse and articulate the relationship of artefacts to historical (re)construction
  • integrate experience in the arts gained at Level 4
  • gain enhanced self-directed learning strategies, including the ability to identify a critical field and formulate your own research question.