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Unit information: The City (Level C Special Topic) in 2021/22

Unit name The City (Level C Special Topic)
Unit code HART10210
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Hunt
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of History of Art (Historical Studies)
Faculty Faculty of Arts


Cities function as webs of power relations, centres of social development and technological innovation, expressions of cultural identities, sites of protest and anxiety, centres of migration; and as playgrounds and canvasses for artistic expression. Representations of the city in the visual arts chart the rapid social, political and cultural development of society accompanying the development of the urban environment. From depictions of the city in medieval times, to the French Impressionists, to today’s street artists, representation of the city fluctuates between a drive to map the networks and geographies of the city, and a desire to evoke the experiences and emotions of living in the urban metropolis. This unit will explore the development and picturing of the city in art from a trans-historical and transcultural stand-point.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of current art historical study and research
  2. work with both visual and textual sources
  3. articulate their knowledge of current art historical debates concerning the emergence of the modern city within visual representation.

Teaching details

Classes will involve a combination of discussion, investigative activities, and practical activities. Students will be expected to engage with readings and participate on a weekly basis. This will be further supported with drop-in sessions and self-directed exercises with tutor and peer feedback.

Assessment Details

One 2000-word summative essay (75%) [ILOs 1-3]

One timed assessment (25%) [ILOs 1-3]


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