Module Details

The information contained in this module specification was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change, either during the session because of unforeseen circumstances, or following review of the module at the end of the session. Queries about the module should be directed to the member of staff with responsibility for the module.
Title USING VISUAL CULTURE
Code CLAH114
Coordinator Dr MP Fitzjohn
Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology
Mpf21@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 4 FHEQ Second Semester 15

Pre-requisites before taking this module (other modules and/or general educational/academic requirements):

 

Programme(s) (including Year of Study) to which this module is available on a required basis:

 

Programme(s) (including Year of Study) to which this module is available on an optional basis:

 

Additional Programme Information

 

Aims

Far from relying upon written texts alone, ancient societies typically employed a wide variety of visual media to communicate shared ideas and beliefs. The aim of this module is to acquaint you with the diverse ways in which ancient cultures (Greek, Roman, and their mediterranean conexts) could express themselves visually – encompassing everything from sculpture, painting, and architecture to the images stamped on coins;

To encourage the development of the critical and methodological skills needed to ‘read’ ancient visual culture and interpret it in wider socio-cultural contexts, both ancient and modern.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Upon successful completion of this module, students will be able to analyse examples of ancient visual culture from a range of different perspectives.

(LO2) They will be able to critically evaluate objects and images in different contexts, ancient and modern, and to understand the continuities and differences between them.

(LO3) Students will be able to assess the relative contribution and importance of visual culture to the wider picture of the ancient world.

(LO4) Students will acquire specific skills necessary to talk and write about ancient visual culture, students will also develop a broader skills base, with a particular focus on different kinds of written communication (e.g. book reviews, reflective responses, essays) and library and other research skills.

(S1) Research skills - All Information skills

(S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

(S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lecture:
A series of lectures will introduce students to key debates and approaches, encouraging active reflection on the material through interactive discussions within lectures, and the completion of the assessed portfolio.
Lectures provide frameworks for independant research into themes and contexts; guidance on structuring work.

Seminar:
Seminars will encourage greater student participation through informal presentations and discussions of set texts/images.
Seminars provide opportunity to explore test cases relating to themes, techniques, contexts and background


Syllabus

 

Topics covered during the module may include:

Introduction to Visual Culture;

Bibliography; references; thinking about research;

Sumeria;

Etruria and Early Italian Visual Culture;

Greek visual culture;

Others and Barbarians;

Gifts to the gods;

Planning a review;

Roman gods and festivals;

Augustan Rome;

Portraits and tombs (Greek);

Trajan;

Portraits and tombs (Roman);

Imperial portraits;

Hadrian;

Roman House;

Roman Garden;

What is / was art?

Talking and writing about art;

Portland vase;

Reception;

The museum;

Reception: bring, show and tell.


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 22

10

        32
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 118
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
             
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Portfolio bibliography There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.  -3500 words    100       

Recommended Texts

Reading lists are managed at readinglists.liverpool.ac.uk. Click here to access the reading lists for this module.