2023-2024 / HAAR0125-1

Seminar on art history of the contemporary Period. The 19th and the 20th centuries


30h SEM, 8h FT Tr. Pr.

Number of credits

 Master in history of art and archaeology : archeometrics (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in history of art and archaeology : general (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in history of art and archaeology : musicology (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in history of art and archaeology : general (60 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in history of art and archaeology : musicology (60 ECTS)5 crédits 


Julie Bawin

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

  • This seminar s mainly designed to develop students' critical thinking and their ability to support scientific reasoning.

    To do this, students are invited to prepare a written work and an oral presentation on an imposed subject, in connection with a theme that varies from one year to another (eg: Dada and Surrealist Women Artists, The Photography in the nineteenth century, Artists'writings in the twentieth century, Censorship in 19th and 20th Century Art, etc.). The approach is usually monographic, which means that the student devotes his or her written and oral presentation to a single artist.

    From a practical point of view, the students communicate their written work to the professor and to the other students a week before the oral presentation, and this in the perspective of a debate organized at the end of each course. Excursions and on-site seminars can be organized

The distribution of the lesson topics will take place during a special session in late November or early December. Students will receive an information e-mail on this subject. 

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated their ability to produce a written work that meets the standards and criteria of scientific research in art history.

They will have acquired skills in heuristic research, and will have learned the importance of producing a coherent text with the methodological rules in art history.

Students will have demonstrated their ability to communicate the results of their research orally, using a constructed diaporama.

Thanks to the debates organized after each session, students will have developed their critical thinking skills and their ability to argue their points.

Last but not least, students will have learned to work collectively on the same theme, and to actively participate in their own formation.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

To take this course, students must have taken the first- and second-year courses in contemporary art history (or have some training in the field).

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is essentially organized around students' oral presentations.

At the end of each lesson, students receive feedback by Prof. Julie Bawin on their written work and oral presentations.

Alix Nyssen, assistant lecturer in contemporary art history, attends each lesson and advises students on methodological issues.

A group debate is organized after each presentation.

In practical terms, the seminar is organized according to student attendance. This means that adjustments can be made to the organization of lessons and the calendar.


Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

See : http://cipl82.philo.ulg.ac.be/horaires

Recommended or required readings

Each student's written work is submitted online one week before the oral presentation.

Students are invited to read each other's work at home, and to ask questions after the oral presentations.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Additional information:

The evaluation focuses on four aspects:

1.The written work (30% of the note)

2.The oral presentation (30% of the note)

3.The matter (25% of the grade): It is not a question of studying the work of the other students by heart, but of reading them carefully in order to make the link with one's own work. The objective is to have a transversal vision of the course. 

4. The current participation (15% of the score)

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

An information session is held in late November/early December. Subjects are allocated at this time.

The course takes place in the second semester, on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in room S50.


Enseignant titulaire
Julie Bawin
quai Roosevelt, 1B, bât. A4, 4000 Liège
Tél. 04 366 52 77
E-mail jbawin@uliege.be
Tél. 04 366 53 83 ou 53 41

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