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IR4550   Art and Conflict

Academic year(s): 2024-2025

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: Tuesday 10am - 12 noon

This module focuses on the role art and aesthetics play in conflict. Aesthetic forms such as photography, films, paintings, music, and poetry are often used to inspire, motivate, antagonise, as well as document the interactions, history, and formation of groups. They are the texts and images that shape collective imaginaries, both in the connectivity of a group and as the visions of the enemy-other. The module explores the ways in which these aesthetic works contribute to our understanding of politics, the established order, modes of subversion, and by extension our understanding of the social. Can works of art - works of the imagination - make us think or feel in ways that other works do not? How?

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass IR2006

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: a 1h lecture (x11 weeks) and a 1h tutorial (x10 weeks), plus 2h of consultation (office) hours (x12 weeks)

Scheduled learning hours: 21

Guided independent study hours: 273

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

Re-assessment: 100% Written Examination


Module coordinator: Dr J S Murer

Intended learning outcomes

  • Students should develop their understanding of the politics of works of imagination.
  • Students should improve their research skills.
  • Students should develop their critical, analytical, presentational, organizational and inter-personal skills.