HIST06011 2012 Visual and Material Culture 4 Contemporary World

General Details

Full Title
Visual and Material Culture 4 Contemporary World
Transcript Title
75 %
Subject Area
HIST - History / Theory of Art
COMP - Computing & Creative Practices
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2012 - Full Academic Year 2012-13
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Louis McManus, Ronnie Hughes, Ann Geaney, Angela Mehegan
Programme Membership
SG_DCRDS_B07 201300 Bachelor of Arts in Creative Design SG_DCRDS_H08 201300 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Design SG_AARTT_B07 201200 Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art SG_AARTT_H08 201600 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fine Art

The Contemporary World

This programme of study explores conditions, themes and issues in Visual/Material Culture from the late 20th Century to the present day through an examination of a variety of artwork, artefacts, systems and social activities. Changes and developments in economic, political, ideological and cultural forces in the creative industries and related disciplines underpin this examination.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between art and design practices to the production, comsumption and reception of Visual and Material Culture.


Evaluate the link between theory and practice in the analysis of issues in contemporary art and design practices.


Research, organise and analyse material, texts and documents relating to Art, design and Material Culture.


Contextualise the theories and discourses that underpin idealogical, cultural and social developments in Western culture from late 20th century to today.


Communicate a perspective on themes, issues and ideas relevant to contemporary art and design through written and oral presentations.

Module Assessment Strategies

Assignments and coursework will be assessed using the following criteria:

The assessment strategy focuses on the student's evaluation of the subject of Visual and Material Culture in context through: 

  • Application of informed research and visual methodologies
  • Proficiency in information literacy skills
  • Written composition 
  • Peer-led oral presentation
  • Discipline-based group discussions
  • Interaction with studio practice

Indicative Syllabus

Conditions, themes and issues in the work and practices of late 20th and 21st century artists, designers and the broad spectrum of the creative industries.

  • Cross Cultural Practice and the Politics of Difference: Gender, Ethnicity & Class
  • Mass Media, Popular Culture and Representation ( media / new media)
  • Ideologies: Space, Place and the Self
  • A Sustainable Identity:  Art, Design and Social Responsibility
  • Activism, Cultural Resistance and Creative Practices
  • Globalisation, Localisation and the Everyday

Seminars are discipline-based and address the critical nature of the content and context of the above lecture themes in greater depth. These are conducted through group discussion, peer-led presentations, text analysis and group projects. Research methodologies and evaluation also form part of this enquiry. 



Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Essay Thematic-based assignment Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 60 % Week 6 1,2,3,4,5
2 Presentation Critical Written and Oral Analysis Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 40 % Week 12 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Core Themes 1 Weekly 1.00
Seminar Flat Classroom Contextual Studies 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

 Cooper, D., ed.(1992) A Companion to Aesthetics,  Blackwell.

Costello, D & Vickery J., eds. (2007) Art: Key Contemporary Thinkers, Berg.

During, S., ed. (1993) The Cultural Studies Reader,  Routledge.

Foster, Hal, Krauss, R, Bois Y-A, Buchloh, B. (2004) Art Since 1900 Modernism, Antimodernism Postmodernism, Thames & Hudson.

Frascina, F. & Harris, J., (1992) Art in Modern Culture : An Anthology of Critical Texts, The Open University: Phaidon.

Geczy, A. (2008) Art: Histories, Theories and Exceptions, Berg.

Gray, C. and Malins, J. (2004) Visualizing Research: A Guide to the Research Process in Art and Design. Aldershot, UK, and Burlington VT: Ashgate.

Hopkins, D. (2000) After Modern Art 1945-2000 Oxford Univ. Press.

Kocur. Z. & Leung, S., eds. (2005) Theory in Contemporary Art Since 1985,  Blackwell.

Perry G, & Wood P. (2004) Themes in Contemporary Art, OU & Yale Uni. Press. 

Rose, G. (2002) Visual Methodologies, Sage.

Taylor, B. (1995) The Art of Today, London, Everyman Library.

Weedon, C. (1999) Feminism, Theory and The Politics of Difference,  Blackwell.

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