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Unit information: The City (Level C Special Topic) in 2015/16

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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. Hatchwell
Open unit status Not open



HART10207 Special Topic Project

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

Description including Unit Aims

The modern period has witnessed the rapid development and expansion of cities. These new spaces have, in turn, contributed to major sociological shifts, resulting in mass population migrations from rural communities to the new urban centres. It is this transformation, of both the physical and the sociological environment that provides the fundamental framework for this unit. The visual and architectural representation and conception of the modern European city will be explored from the early nineteenth century through to the second half of the twentieth century. Material to be covered will range from representations of urban modernity in painting, architecture and film to the celebratory and critical responses to cities by artists and cultural commentators in Europe and the West.


  • To introduce students to a broad theme within art history and to explore this theme in a broad chronological context.
  • To introduce students to working with visual and textual sources
  • To introduce students to issues relating to setting visual and textual sources in their wider context
  • To introduce students to the practice of learning independently within a small-group context
  • To introduce students to the key issues and debates concerning the emergence of the modern city within visual representation.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the unit students should have:

  • deepened their understanding of current art historical study and research
  • learned how to work with both visual and textual sources
  • developed their skills in contributing to and learning from a small-group environment
  • increased their knowledge of current art historical debates concerning the emergence of the modern city within visual representation.

Teaching Information

  • Weekly 2-hour seminar
  • Tutorial feedback on essay
  • Access to tutorial consultation with unit tutor in office hours

Assessment Information

1 x 2 hour exam

Reading and References

  • Clark, T.J. The Painting of Modern Life: Paris in the Art of Manet and his Followers, London, 1985
  • Nead, Lynda Victorian Babylon Yale University Press, London 2005
  • Pollock, Griselda Vision and Difference: Femininity, Feminism and the History of Art Routledge, London & New York 1988
  • Rowe, Dorothy Representing Berlin: Sexuality and the City in Imperial and Weimar Germany Ashgate, Hampshire 2003
  • Harrison Moore, A and Rowe, D (eds.) Architecture and Design in Europe and America 1750-2000 Boston and Oxford, Blackwell 2006
  • Von Ankum, K (ed.) Women in the Metropolis California UP, California 1997.