History & Philosophy of Art Dissertation - HART8980

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Year 7 60 (30) Eve Kalyva checkmark-circle


This module gives students the opportunity to write a dissertation of 14,000 words on a topic of their choosing relating to history of art or philosophy of art and aesthetics. It enhances students' research, writing and presentation skills, and allows them to gain specialised knowledge thus advancing both their academic and professional development. The process of defining a topic and writing the dissertation is closely supported through meetings during the Autumn and Spring Term, and by the student’s dissertation supervisor. Supervision is usually by staff with direct research expertise in the student’s chosen topic.


Contact hours

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

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Dissertation: 14,000 words

Reassessment methods

Indicative reading

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See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 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;
2 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.
3 Demonstrate their ability to undertake further advanced postgraduate research in history of art and/or philosophy of art.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate their written communication and presentation skills, particularly regarding extended and detailed research analysis, and argumentation;
2 Demonstrate their capacity to identify and critically assess relevant primary and secondary literature within the context of a specific research project;
3 Demonstrate their ability to construct and evaluate arguments.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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