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Framing AMS Case Studies


Admission requirements

The following course needs to be passed:

  • AMS on Site


This course will provide the basis for students to develop an ability to make an informed and motivated choice about their research approach and method. By becoming acquainted with and by trying out different methodologies and methods they discover how this impacts yielded insights and results. The course will be aimed at developing an awareness of how methods and theories “frame” a case study and can bring into focus, delimit, and omit information, considerations and decisions. During year 1 and 2 AMS students have already been introduced to numerous case-studies and methodological approaches bespoke to art, artifacts, media, writings, and other materials. They also have become familiar with the gestures, actions, and logic of exhibition spaces. In “Framing Cases” students will be presented with case-studies selected by different teachers who will then discuss how they are approached from a specific perspective. Furthermore, learning from such so-called best practices, each student will select a case study themselves, and will then make an informed and motivated choice, drawing from the different methodological techniques that they have been introduced to in this course and throughout their study. They will thus develop the methodological awareness necessary for writing their thesis.

Course objectives


  • To prepare for writing the final thesis in the second semester.

  • To learn how to ‘frame’ cases or objects.

  • To learn how to motivate the relation between research question, object of study and methodology.

  • To creatively engage with case studies and related materials.

  • To practice skills of (inter)disciplinary methods.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures

  • Group work

  • Blog posts (groups)

Assessment method


For your first paper (1500 words), you will be asked to use one specific method or theory to interpret a work of art or another relevant object of analysis of your choice. In your final paper (2000 words), you should formulate an original research question in relation to a different case object and with the application of two theoretical frameworks, at least one of which should be from the second part of the course. You cannot use the same framework as in the midterm paper.


  • Midterm paper: 40%.

  • Final paper: 60 %.

The weighted average of the (constituent) examinations must be at least a passing grade (= 5.5 or higher). The mark for the final examination (or the main assignment) must be at least 5.5 (= a pass). The mark for all other constituent examinations must be at least 5.5 (= a pass). However, it is possible to compensate for one constituent examination a 5.0 (but not a mark lower than 5.0) with the grade of another constituent examination which has the same weight in the average as the constituent examination it compensates.


If the final grade is insufficient (5.4 or below), a resit/ rewrite can be done for only one constituent examination in this course, which was graded 5.4 or below (= fail). As far as applicable all resits/ rewrites take place at the same time, after the final (constituent) examination.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will be organized.

Reading list

Assigned Literature:

  • Readings will be posted on Brightspace or made available at the library


Enrolment through My Studymap (Login | Universiteit Leiden) is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on the website


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Student administration Arsenaal.