Hammer & Mirror - Ethical Dilemmas in Fine Arts

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

This module facilitates a critical awareness of the social function of art in relation to feminist, queer, de-colonial, and intersectional discourses. Special focus is given to the ethical and political dimensions of contemporary art, and to the connections and differences between art and activism.

Lectures, reading groups, and discussions are used to facilitate insight into complex issues, and the module concludes with an individual submission (text, oral presentation, or other format), in which the student contextualizes their own artistic work.

IMPORTANT: Semester-specific details can be found at the bottom of this page under `Other Information.¿

Learning Outcomes


  • Gain insight into current ethical and political issues in within the field of visual art
  • Gain knowledge of current international artistic production


  • Foster awareness of the ethical dimensions of artistic practice
  • Develop understanding of theoretical perspectives and lenses

General Competence:

  • Participate in discourse surrounding complex themes and issues
  • Reflect critically on own practice and the practice of others
  • Develop ability to identify specific positions and relate them to artistic production


Full time

Semester of Instruction


Place of Instruction

University of Bergen
Access to the Course
This module requires admission to the Master's Programme in Fine Art
Teaching and learning methods

Methods may include:

  • Project development
  • Individual research
  • Group work
  • Lectures
  • Presentations
  • Group discussions
  • Tutorials
  • Assigned readings
  • Writing exercises
  • Workshop-based instruction
Forms of Assessment
Submission of assignment given in subject
Grading Scale
Pass / Fail
Assessment Semester
Course Evaluation
The module is evaluated every third year in accordance with UiB's Quality System
Programme Committee
The program board is responsible for the academic content and structure of the study and for the quality of the study program and all subjects therein
Course Administrator
The Art Academy at the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design holds the administrative responsibility for the module and study programme.