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682360S British and Irish Art, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 682360S  Validity 01.08.2013 -
Name British and Irish Art  Abbreviation British and Iri 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline1101 English 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Faculty of Humanities 

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS / 135 hours of work

Language of instruction 



The course is held in the autumn term 2015, during periods I and II and the spring term 2017, during periods III and IV. In extenuating circumstances an alternative method for taking the course may be offered if the student is unable to take the course in the given semester.

Learning outcomes 

Upon completion of the course the student will be able to critically evaluate and demonstrate a thorough working knowledge of the major British and Irish painters and their most important paintings up until and including the First World War.


This course is an examination of national discourse through the great and iconic paintings of England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland. This course will examine the origins of art in Britain and Ireland following the establishment of Christianity. The Reformation represents a fault-line in art and we will examine how English art developed in a unique direction subsequently, leading to a flowering of secular art from the great royal portraits to conversation pieces and landscape painting. With the arrival of the Enlightenment painting veered into a new, revolutionary direction which will be addressed in detail. Some of the painters examined will be Holbein, van Dyke, Lely, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Wright of Derby, Blake, Turner and Constable.

Mode of delivery 

Lectures 28 h; reading/self-study 47 h; mid-term essay (1500 words) 30 h; end-term essay (2000 words) 30 h

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Seminar-based communicative approach to teaching.

Target group 

Master’s-level students of English Philology

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Introduction to British Studies, Introduction to Irish Studies are recommended.

Recommended optional programme components 

The course is an independent entity and does not require additional studies carried out at the same time.

Recommended or required reading 

To be agreed with the course teacher(s).

Assessment methods and criteria 

Final course essay as per list provided. A detailed description of the assessment criteria will be available in the course workspace in Optima. Information on exams and alternative methods for taking courses can be found on the English Philology website. Read more about assessment criteria at the University of Oulu webpage.


The course utilises a numerical grading scale 0–5. In the numerical scale zero stands for a fail

Person responsible 

John Braidwood (University Lecturer)

Working life cooperation 


Other information 

The course is elective in the Advanced Studies of English Philology


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