AH10070 Dublin: Its Museums and Collections

Academic Year 2020/2021

This module will be team-taught by lecturers in the School of Art History & Cultural Policy. Dublin is home to a rich variety of museums, whose collections survey the entire history of Irish art but also include outstanding examples of European and non-Western art. The purpose of this module is to create an enhanced appreciation of art among students who are not majoring in art history by fostering a direct engagement with these works of art and architecture. Two one-hour meetings a week incorporating both slide lectures and discussion will focus upon art in Dublin museums and the architecture of the museums themselves. Although short readings will be assigned, the principal demand made upon students outside of class hours will be to visit the collections in which the works discussed in class are displayed. Assessment will be designed to give students the maximum flexibility while introducing them to analytical skills specific to art history and supporting them to become better writers. The grade for this module will be based upon three pieces of continuous assessment. Please note: this module is introductory in nature, and aimed at students with no previous experience of art history. As such is not suitable for students intending to major/minor in art history.

In Autumn 2020 this module will consist of twice-weekly face-to-face lectures, which will also be available to attend/review online, and additional online content.

Please see the School's Teaching and Learning statement for 2020-1 for further details: https://www.ucd.ie/arthistory/newsandevents/schoolofarthistoryculturalpolicyteachinglearningresearchstatement2020-21.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this module, students will be able to demonstrate:
1. A basic familiarity with the city's principal museums.
2. A critical awareness of the history of these institutions, and the way in which their architecture and display strategies colour the experience of works often made and originally shown in very different settings.
3. A basic understanding of several different periods of art across several media.

Indicative Module Content:

The exact content of this module varies each year as the works addressed must be on public view in Dublin's museums. It generally runs from the pre-historic gold on view in the National Museum through the architecture of recent additions to the city's museum buildings. Although much of the art addressed is Irish, European painting and Asian art are also always included.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This is primarily a lecture class, although there are frequent opportunities for class discussion. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
AH10120 - The Art of Renaissance, AH10130 - Ancient & Medival World, AH10140 - The Baroque to Romanticism, AH10150 - The Modern World, AH1025 - Antiquity to Renaissance, AH10250 - Antiquity to Renaissance, AH1025E - Antiquity to Renaissance, AH20200 - The Modern to the Contemporary, AH20230 - European Architecture, AH30010 - Writings on Art, AH30080 - Art History Dissertation Modul

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Take home exam. Students must answer two out of six essay questions 2 hour End of Trimester Exam Yes Graded Yes


Essay: Like the first essay, this will be based on observing two works on display in Dublin museums. Week 5 n/a Graded No


Essay: Looking assignment addressing two works on view in Dublin museums Week 9 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring 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 be offered two essay topics. Detailed feedback on writing as well as content will be given on each essay at the time it is returned. General comments about how students have done as a group and how to improve will be offered in lecture.

Name Role
Ms Carla Briggs Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

Please note: this module is available to Stage 1 undergraduate students. Therefore, teaching in the Autumn trimester will commence from the week beginning 28 September 2020. 
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 Mon 09:00 - 09:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 Wed 09:00 - 09:50