History & Philosophy of Art Dissertation - HA898

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
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7 60 (30) DR G Pooke




This module is only available to MA History & Philosophy of Art students



The dissertation module gives students the opportunity to write a dissertation of around 12,000-15,000 words on a topic of their choosing relating to history of art or philosophy of art and aesthetics. The process of developing a topic and writing the dissertation is closely supported through classes during term 3, and individual meetings with the student's dissertation supervisor. Supervision is usually by staff with direct research expertise in the student’s chosen topic.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 6
Private Study Hours: 554
Total Study Hours: 600

Method of assessment

Dissertation (12,000-15,000 words) – 100%

Indicative reading

Swetnam, Derek, (2004). Writing Your Dissertation: A Guide to Planning, Preparing and Presenting First Class Work (3rd Edition, Oxford: How to Books)
Greetham, Bryan, (2009), How to Write Your Undergraduate Dissertation (Palgrave MacMillan)
Pooke, Grant and Newall, Diana, (2012), Fifty Key Texts in Art History (London, Routledge)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Demonstrate their skills of formulating and undertaking a research project involving the development of an argument, critical engagement with relevant literature, and the contextualisation of the issues and materials within the framework of contemporary art historical and philosophical thought on the topic;
- Demonstrate their comprehensive knowledge of a focused area within the broad landscape of contemporary history of art and/or philosophy of art, as well as and the historical work that has shaped it;
- Demonstrate their ability to undertake further advanced postgraduate research in history of art and/or philosophy of art.

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