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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: DAN1006 Module Title: ARTS AND SOCIETY
Module Provider: Dance,Film & Theatre Short Name: DAN1006
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator: HOUSTON S Dr (Dnc Flm Thtr)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability
Semester 2
Assessment Pattern
1.                  A portfolio of tasks compiled at regular intervals. (30%)
2.                  Essay (1500 words) (70%)

Assessment rationale:
            The portfolio of tasks will enable the student to undertake activities connected with research, essay writing, analysis across art forms that will help in developing key academic and practical skills within this subject area. 
            The essay is a key academic tool in which students can demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and powers of analysis in connection with this subject area.
Module Overview
Module Aims
·        To introduce students to a range of arts movements, forms and practices and to be able to situate them within social or historical contexts.
·        To provide students with an overview of key 20th century developments in artistic practice and their connection to socio-political factors.
·        To stimulate awareness of the complex interaction between artistic practice and political and social structures.
·        To equip students with a broad knowledge and understanding of the structures, policies and issues that shape and influence contemporary artists in theatre, dance and film.
Learning Outcomes
·        A basic knowledge of 20th and 21st century art movements and their manifestation in specific forms and practices.
·        A basic knowledge of the diverse contexts that have informed the development of the various art movements.
·        An understanding of the way major art movements have interacted and/or are interacting.
·        An understanding of the impact of the legacies of previous art and intellectual movements on 20th and 21st century art.
·        An awareness of current debates on art and issues concerning the value systems and hierarchy of genres.
·        An awareness of the emergence of the institutional structure for the arts in the United Kingdom with identification of current structures and institutions.
Cognitive/Intellectual Skills:
·        Ability to evaluate contemporary policies and legislation that influence dance and arts practice in the United Kingdom.
·        Ability to examine the main arguments to assess the impact of policies and legislation on dance and arts practice.
·        Ability to appreciate and evaluate the impact of the institutionalisation of the arts on cultural production and practices.
·        Ability to appreciate how the performing arts are located within a wider arts infrastructure.
·        Ability to assess how artists address concerns and ideas current within wider society.
·        Ability to identify links across a range of arts and cultural practices according to different systems of classification.
Practical/Key Skills:
·        Collect and analyse relevant data from a range of sources with guidance.
·        Work within a gallery setting and across art forms.
·        Ability to focus on a selected case study.
·        Appropriately interpret and present information in written formats.
·        Develop and present lines of argument from given theories.
Module Content
·        The module will investigate key art, cultural and intellectual movements of the 20th and 21st centuries, for example, Modernism and Postmodernism in relation to arts practices.
·        The module will examine the idea of the institution and its impact on arts practice with particular reference to cultural policy and arts infrastructure in the United Kingdom.
·        The module will examine policies, such as access, disability rights and cultural diversity, that have changed our perceptions and values in relation to the arts.
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Lectures and seminar presentations, visits to art galleries and museums.
Selected Texts/Journals
Required reading:
Appignanesi, Lisa (ed) Postmodernism. London: Institute of Contemporary Arts, 1986.
Arts Council of Great Britain. The Glory of the Garden. London: ACGB, 1984.
Brinson, Peter. Dance as Education: Towards a National Dance Culture. Basingstoke: Ralmer Press, 1991.
Carroll, Noel (ed) Theories of Art Today. Madison: Wisconsin University Press, 2000.
Childs, Peter. Modernism. London: Routledge, 2000.
Delvin, Graham. Stepping Forward: Some Suggestions for the Development of Dance in England in the 1990s.            London: Arts Council of Great Britain, 1989.
Hewison, Robert. Culture and Consensus: England, Art and Politics since 1940. London: Methuen, 1995.
Woods, Tim. Beginning Postmodernism. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1999.
Last Updated
7th September  2009