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AH4226   African Modernisms

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General degree students

Planned timetable: 3.00 pm – 5.00 pm Tue (lecture) and either 10.00am or 11.00am Wed (seminar)

This course explores modernist art practice across the African continent. We begin by examining the term 'modernism': what is modernist / modern art? Where is it located? Are its origins in the West? We will explore its relationship to 'contemporary' art, and consider the ways in which the two intersect with colonialism and post-colonialism. We will proceed through thematic weeks, each with a focus on modern and contemporary art in specific locales (including Senegal, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Angola, Uganda and South Africa), learning about Africa's leading modern and contemporary artists, and the ways in which they have defined and expressed their work. We will study programs of art education, relationships to political processes, manifestoes and collectives, the city as modern space, questions of medium, and the modes of display that have made these works visible within the contexts of their production and within the global art world.

Relationship to other modules

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

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: One 2-hour lecture, One 1-hour seminar

Scheduled learning hours: 30

Guided independent study hours: 280

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 20%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 80%

Re-assessment: Coursework = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr K E Cowcher
Module teaching staff: Dr K Cowcher