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IR4554 Global Aesthetics and Politics

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:9.00 am Wed

Political theory and practice have strong aesthetic dimensions. The importance of sensory registers and emotional experience to how power operates is being taken increasingly seriously by scholars and practitioners. This course unpacks the relationship between politics and aesthetics by applying it to various cultures globally and across different arts sectors, including film, exhibitions, photography and sculpture. Students will be encouraged to develop their own aesthetic portfolios concentrating on particular art forms that demonstrate the ways in which aesthetics and politics affect each other. The module has both strong theoretical and practical content and is assessed through a range of methods and technologies.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for International Relations and BA (Intl Hons) International Relations

UG Pre-requisite(s):IR2005 and IR2006

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 x 1-hour lecture (x 11 weeks), 1 x 1-hour tutorial (x 11 weeks), 2 consultation hours with Coordinator (x 12 weeks). 2 hours examination feedback in week 1 of following semester.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 22
  • Guided independent study: 278

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 35%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 65%
UG As used by St Andrews:3-hour Written Examination = 35%, Coursework = 65%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Prof S N Cummings
Module teaching staff: