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Practices and Debates in Art History


Admission requirements

See Teaching and Examination Regulations.


This course revolves around current debates in the field of art history and visual studies, departing from the changing concept of art and touching upon the Euro-American focus of the discipline and the globalising world, anthropological approaches to art, the geography of art, and current focus points of museum studies. These topics will be exemplified and debated in a series of seminar meetings. Students will have to prepare readings and a presentation and write an essay.

Course objectives

Students will:

  • Acquire insight into a variety of theories, debates, and practices in Art History;

  • Analyse and understand various scholarly positions and their consequences for the meanings and agency of art works;

  • Position oneself in relation to these;

  • Develop skills in oral presentation while defending viewpoints and arguments with regard to art works;

  • Present an analytical scholarly paper related to the course objectives.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture and seminar course with analysis and discussion of readings.

Attendance is compulsory. Students are allowed to miss a maximum of two seminars, provided they present a valid reason beforehand. Students who have missed more than two seminars will have to aply to the Examination Board of the MA Arts and Culture in order to obtain permission to further follow and complete the course.

Assessment method

  • Presentation (20%);

  • Paper (80%)

ResMa students taking this course will write a paper that reflects the demands of the Research Master. That is, they will have to formulate a more complex and original research question and include a critical positioning towards the state of the art of its subject.


The final grade is established by determination of the weighted average and should be a 6.0 or higher. Marks under 5.0 for the paper are not allowed.


Re-examination via the paper.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.


  • Please note that if you do not hand in your essay before the first deadline, your essay will be considered as the resit.

Reading list

See Brightspace.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website.

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