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MO3026   Art and Piety in Western Europe 1400 - 1750

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: See

What can visual evidence tell us about religious belief? This course will begin by exploring the use of religious images during the late-medieval period. In the sixteenth century Protestant reformers questioned the value of religious art, and in parts of Europe there was extensive iconoclasm. The course will consider the motives of the iconoclasts and the forms that their actions took. We will also look at Catholic attempts to reform religious art and at the flowering of visual piety in the wake of the Council of Trent. Seminar classes and student assignments will make extensive use of pictures as well as texts.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass at least 60 credits from {MO1007, MO1008, MO2008, HI2001, MH2002} or pass at least 60 credits from {ME1003, ME1006, ME2003, HI2001, MH2002}

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 2-hour seminar, plus 1 office hour.

Scheduled learning hours: 22

Guided independent study hours: 278

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 60%
Practical examinations : 13%
Coursework: 27%

Re-assessment: 4,000 - to 5,000-word essay = 100%


Module teaching staff: Dr B Heal