AH10150 The Modern World 1848-1914

Academic Year 2021/2022

The course examines the key developments in Western art from 1848 to the outbreak of World War One in 1914. This period saw the beginnings of modern art, when traditional practices of making and viewing art were challenged. Industrialisation brought rapid social changes that impacted dramatically on how the world was experienced and understood. The module concentrates on Paris, the centre of the modern art world, which saw the development of realism, impressionism and cubism. Lectures also consider the impact of modernity and urbanisation on British, Austrian, German and Russian art. The influence of photography, non-western art and spiritualism is addressed. Lectures are supported by small-group tutorials that include a museum visit.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Have a good understanding of the impact of urbanisation and technology on modern art.
Be able to analyse and contextualise key works of Western art produced between 1848-1914.
Recognise and account for major stylistic manifestations of modern art up to 1914.
Relate art produced between 1848-1914 to its wider social and philosophical contexts.

Indicative Module Content:

Gustave Courbet & Realism
Édouard Manet: the painting of modern life
The Impressionists/ the Société Anonyme
The Position of Women artists in the 19th century
The influence and impact of photography on fine art
Cubism and its origins

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The course is taught primarily via lectures with small tutorial groups. This will give students the opportunity to look at works of art in the original on a gallery visit and to discuss ideas. Although learning supports will be available on line, students will be strongly encouraged to visit the library in person, read books, visits galleries and museums, make use of recommended texts, and contribute in class. Support material from lectures will be available on Brightspace and students are encouraged to keep a journal detailing the content of the lectures and related tasks and research.

It is incumbent on any undergraduate student who fails this module to contact the lecturer concerned to announce their attention to resit, and to obtain details of resit assignments. Any resit/ repeat registration/ fee issues should be dealt with by the Arts programme office. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
AH10030 - Art & the Modern World, AH10070 - Dublin: Its Museums

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Class Test: Slide exam based on material discussed in lectures and tutorials.
This may take the form of an online/ take home test in accordance with current Covid 19 restrictions.
Week 7 n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Participation, engagement & attendance at tutorials Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Essay: End of semester essay based on material discussed in the course. Week 12 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will have the opportunity to receive individual feedback on their class test mid semester and on their essay at the end of the semester.

Please contact the module co-ordinator, Róisín Kennedy, roisin.kennedy@ucd.ie for a provisional reading list .
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Fri 13:00 - 13:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Tues 13:00 - 13:50
Tutorial Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 22, 24, 28, 30, 32 Wed 10:00 - 10:50
Tutorial Offering 2 Week(s) - 20, 22, 24, 28, 30, 32 Wed 11:00 - 11:50
Tutorial Offering 3 Week(s) - 20, 22, 24, 28, 30, 32 Wed 12:00 - 12:50
Tutorial Offering 4 Week(s) - 20, 22, 24, 28, 30, 32 Wed 14:00 - 14:50
Tutorial Offering 5 Week(s) - 20, 22, 24, 28, 30, 32 Wed 15:00 - 15:50
Tutorial Offering 6 Week(s) - 20, 22, 24, 28, 30, 32 Wed 16:00 - 16:50