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AH4191   Art, Science and Technology 1700 - 1900

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: 11.00 am - 1.00 pm Mon (lecture) and either 9.00 am or 10.00 am Tue (seminar)

This module examines the relationship between art, science, and technology in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Although we will cover a diverse range of practitioners and objects from the Age of Enlightenment through to the rise of the modern era, this module is not a survey in the traditional sense. Instead, we will address a series of thematically grouped topics in loosely chronological order. Sample topics include anatomical diagrams, the chemistry of colour, industrial printmaking, and the prehistory of the cinema. In each case, we will consider the impact these developments had on the visual arts, addressing how artworks were influenced by and, in turn, responded to science and technology. This module will introduce students to key methodologies associated with the histories of science, media, and technology. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to think critically about how these methods might enhance, challenge, or transform our study of art.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass AH2002 and pass AH2001

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 2-hour lecture (x 11 weeks), 1 x 1-hour seminar (x 11 weeks)

Scheduled learning hours: 33

Guided independent study hours: 267

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 70%, Take-home examination to be completed in 48-hour period = 30%.

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 30%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 70%

Re-assessment: 1 x Written Assignment to be agreed by the Board of Examiners


Module teaching staff: Dr S O'Rourke