KUH3207 - Art in its context


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2020/2021

Course content

The course topic will vary according to the excursion or local situations, exhibitions and monuments. Most of the teaching will take place outside the usual university facilities, at galleries, art historical monuments or urban environments. In some cases activities include practical work in collaboration with museums and collections.


The students will choose for themselves which art project to concentrate on, and develop relevant ways to deal with it in written form in each case. The course will not just work towards comments to and communication of single art projects, but contribute to theoretical reflections on the field of public art in general. Adjacently, this amounts to the question of the specificity of this kind of art amongst the objects of art historical study at large, and in which ways public art stands out from the traditional main focus on painting and sculpture in museum settings.

Learning outcome

After completing the course the student should have:
- Thorough knowledge of a given topic of architecture and/or visual art in relation to local, regional and geographical conditions.
- Thorough knowledge of aspects of the exhibition, dissemination and/or reception of works according to the given theme.
- insight into relevant methodological and theoretical issues.

After completing the course the student should be able to:
- independently formulate a problem and designate relevant theory and methodology for the individually selected part of the curriculum.
- show ability of critical thinking and independent reflection.
- be able to present results of study and research both oral and written form.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and seminars, including guidance in groups and individually. All activities are joint with KUH3207.
Compulsory activities: Self-chosen syllabus of approximately 350-400 pages in addition to the obligatory common curriculum of 350-400 pages. The subject of the essay and the self-chosen reading list must be approved at least 3 weeks before the student is eligible for final assessment. Students are required to check the result of their assignments and to stay updated on any information provided by the department or course director via Blackboard.

This course is taught in Norwegian only.

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved syllabus and assignment

Further on evaluation

Assesment is based on a written assignment to be worked on through the semester.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

The syllabus is composed of one common and one individually selected reading list totalling approximately 700-800 pages with illustrations.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
KUH2207 7.5 01.09.2019
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level



Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • The History of Art
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Art and Media Studies



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