4408378: FU_Exploring art - how the art world works

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Semester:WS 17/18
Lektionen / Semester:30.0 L / 22.5 h
Selbststudium:67.5 h



Bachelorstudiengang Betriebswirtschaftslehre (01.09.2012)
Masterstudium Architektur (01.09.2014)
Bachelorstudium Architektur (01.09.2014)
Masterstudium Information Systems (01.09.2015)
Masterstudium Finance (01.09.2015)
Masterstudium Entrepreneurship (01.09.2015)


The course will deepen and enrich your enjoyment and understanding of art through engagement with some of the key theories and approaches that art historians have developed for interpreting and explaining works of art.

  • Learn about Art Periods
  • Get to know the highlights of European art from the 15th to the 21st century
  • Explore fascinating questions about works of art, their function in society, their various meanings for viewers of the past and of the present
  • Meet works of art within their social and cultural context
  • Learn about methods used by art historians to analyse, interpret and explain works of art: Biographical approach, socio-economic/cultural approach, sociological approach, Iconographic approach, semiotics, gendered approach…..
  • Special focus on social history of art


  • know some of the major European works of art
  • are able to explain the basic concepts and theories of art
  • know how to look at works of art and their original social, commercial and religious context
  • understand some of the issues in treating works of art as visual evidence of human action, imagination and thought
  • understand the different contexts in which works of art can be produced and consumed
  • are able to place works of art in the historical context
  • are able to read and analyse works of art
  • know facts about the art market



Lectures, group work, self-study; museum visits

Voraussetzungen (inhaltlich)

Conversation level in English


Supplied during the course
Ernst Gombrich, The Story of Art, Phaidon, 2006
James Elkins, Stories of Art, Routledge, 2002
Texts: Barrell, Bermingham, Andrews, Clark, Helsinger, Pollock….


Part A: (20 %) Preparation of questions on assigned reading material
Part B: (60 %) Essay with presentation on a chosen topic on art
Part C: (20 %) Develop your personal art guide

Compulsory attendance (min. 80%)


Passed / Failed

  • Course based on continuous assessment, details see under "assessment".
  • Meeting attendance obligations and active participation are an essential pre-requisite for successfully completing a course based on continuous assessment.
  • Attendance must be proven for at least 80% of the stipulated contact time. Responsibility for checking and providing written proof of this obligatory attendance lies with the course lecturer who is required to store this information at least until the end of the semester.
  • In the case of absenteeism that exceeds the specified limits of absence, a medical certificate is required. Responsibility lies with the head of the Coordination Office for Cross-Faculty Elective Subjects to approve the reason for the student's failure to attend.
  • Participation in other activities of the university are not recognized as an excused absence.


Fakultätsübergreifendes Wahlfach:
Es gelten spezielle Anmeldemodalitäten.


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