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Modern & Contemporary Art: Research Skills & Methods - HOA00092M

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  • Department: History of Art
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Nicola Sinclair
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21
    • See module specification for other years: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2020-21 to Spring Term 2020-21

Module aims

  • To provide guidance regarding expectations for MA work and advanced scholarly research specialising in Modern and Contemporary Art
  • To help students make the transition from undergraduate to MA and (potentially) PhD work
  • To familiarize students with principal archival, bibliographic and art-historical resources for Modern and Contemporary Art
  • To introduce a range of significant methodologies and insights from the forefront of Modern and Contemporary Art
  • To encourage students to adopt and adapt methodologies to suit their own developing intellectual interests and specialism
  • To demonstrate how art and architectural historical knowledge and methodology develop within a community of scholars

Module learning outcomes

  • To be familiar with archival, bibliographic and art-historical resources relevant to their own Modern and Contemporary Art specialism
  • To be able to deploy appropriate scholarly conventions in their own work
  • To be familiar with a range of methodologies significant for the art historical study of Modern and Contemporary Art
  • To know how to apply and adapt methodologies appropriate to their specialism
  • To be able to develop independent research within the context of previous scholarship


Task Length % of module mark
Dissertation Synopsis
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Dissertation Synopsis
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback on summative assessment within 20 working days.

Indicative reading

  • Hal Foster et al (eds) Art Since 1900: Modernism, Antimodernism, Postmodernism (2004)
  • Kristine Stiles and Peter Selz (eds) Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art: A Sourcebook of Artist's Writings (2012)
  • Amelia Jones (ed) A Companion to Contemporary Art Since 1945 (2006)
  • Donald Preziosi, ed., The Art of Art History: A Critical Anthology, 2nd ed. 2009
  • Michael Hatt and Charlotte Klonk, Art History: A Critical Introduction to its Methods, 2006

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.