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French Impressionism: Art and Society

Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.

Available Dates:

This course is currently not being offered in the academic year 2015 - 2016.

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This course looks at the art of the French Impressionist painters, and how it documents patterns of urban change in the mid-nineteenth century. It will explore the changes occurring in Parisian life, “the birthplace of those habits of commerce and leisure that constitute modern life,” as represented in the work of painters such as Manet, Seurat, and Degas, and will seek to create a distinct and readable visual narrative that enhances our understanding of art and society in an age of modernity.

The ten classes in this course will focus on the following areas:

Who is this course for?

Anyone with an interest in the topic. No previous knowledge is assumed.

Learning and Teaching

There will be a mixture of short lectures and discussion, the precise proportion to be determined by the needs of the students enrolled. Also we will discuss examples and case-studies. This will encourage the development of knowledge and understanding of the ideas and concepts discussed in the course. Intellectual skills will be encouraged through participation in class discussion, reading and coursework.

Coursework and Assessment

Essays or other equivalent written assignments to a total of 1500 words demonstrating an understanding of core elements of the course material. At the tutor’s discretion, part of the assessment may be by a presentation. Our assessments are flexible to suit the course and the student.

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.

The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.

Reading suggestions

Main text:
Herbert, R. L., Impressionism: Art, Leisure and Parisian Society (Yale University Press, 1988)

Useful sources:
Clark, T. J., The Painting of Modern Life: Paris in the Art of Manet and His Followers (Princeton University Press, 1999)
Frascina, F., Modernity and Modernism: French Painting in the Nineteenth Century (Yale University Press, 1993)

Library and Computing Facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on
(029) 2087 0000.

Accessibility of Courses

Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.

Further Information

A range of further information can be found on our web site or in Choices.  This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.