ARTH 5204 - European Art: Renaissance to Revolutions

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

This course explores the rich and diverse art and visual culture of early modern Europe from the Renaissance in the fifteenth century to the age of revolutions in the early nineteenth century. It not only focuses on the splendid collection of paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, and decorative arts held in the European collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia, but also contextualises these works of art with reference to the social, religious, political, and economic transformations that occurred during this dynamic period in order to shed light on their making and meaning. The examination of major Renaissance, Mannerist, Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassical, and Romantic art and artists is designed to develop competencies in foundation knowledge and competencies in using key interpretative approaches for researching and analysing art and visual culture peculiar to the discipline of Art History.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ARTH 5204
    Course European Art: Renaissance to Revolutions
    Coordinating Unit Art History
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Restrictions Available to ProCertArtHist, GradCertArtHist, GradDipArtHist, MA(StArtHis)t & MA(Cur&MuseumSt) students only
    Course Description This course explores the rich and diverse art and visual culture of early modern Europe from the Renaissance in the fifteenth century to the age of revolutions in the early nineteenth century. It not only focuses on the splendid collection of paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, and decorative arts held in the European collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia, but also contextualises these works of art with reference to the social, religious, political, and economic transformations that occurred during this dynamic period in order to shed light on their making and meaning. The examination of major Renaissance, Mannerist, Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassical, and Romantic art and artists is designed to develop competencies in foundation knowledge and competencies in using key interpretative approaches for researching and analysing art and visual culture peculiar to the discipline of Art History.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Lisa Mansfield

    Dr Lisa Mansfield
    Office: Napier 511
    Telephone: 8313 5755
    Email: lisa.mansfield@adelaide.edu.au
    Staff profile: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/directory/lisa.mansfield
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate:
    1 Knowledge and understanding of the major artists, periods and styles in early modern European art from the Renaissance to the age of revolutions (1400-1830).
    2 Understanding of principal methods and theories used in the discipline of art history pertinent to the study of early modern European art and visual culture.
    3 An ability to examine and interpret images and objects systematically, accuately and imaginatively using the skill of visual analysis.
    4 An ability to use a range of primary and secondary sources textual and visual sources as forms of historical evidence.
    5 Excellent research skills as a foundation for evaluating and synthesising scholarly perspectives and arguments.
    6 An ability to frame meaningful questions and formulate informed and independent conclusions in speech and writing for both academic work and professional contexts.
    7 An ability to to work independently and cooperatively in small-group problem-solving situations and discussions.
    8 High levels of motivation, self-direction and organisation.
    9 Proficient use of contemporary technologies as part of fundamental research skills.
    10 Commitment to the highest internationally recognised standards of academic conduct and intellectual rigour, honesty and respect in the discipline of art history.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-10.
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 5, 6, 7
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3, 7, 8
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 3, 4, 9
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 6, 7, 10
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 5, 6, 10
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 4, 5, 6, 9, 10
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Course reader
    A Course Reader, containing the texts that need to be read prior to each tutorial discussion, will be available for purchase online. Login to Unified and click on the Online Shop icon in the left hand side of the Home page.

    Prescribed texts
    The following book can be purchased at the Art Gallery of South Australia shop:
    http://www.artgallery.sa.gov.au/agsa/home/Shop/Bookshop.html

    Bohn, Babette and James M. Saslow, A Companion to Renaissance and Baroque Art. Oxford: John Wiley & Sons, 2013. 

    Levey, Michael. Rococo to Revolution. London: Thames and Hudson, 2005.

    Recommended Resources

    All recommended resources are available or listed on MyUni.

    Online Learning
    The course has a website, accessible through MyUni. Please consult it regularly for announcements, lecture recordings and images (powerpoint slides), and additional resources. Students are also encouraged to submit general questions about the course to
    the Discussion Board.

    The University has access to a number of academic journals that have full text articles available online. To locate articles in these journals go to the Databases tab on the Barr Smith Library home page and click on Art History.

    The following image databases should be used to search and study works of art required for assessment tasks: The Google Art Project, Artstor, World Gallery of Art (WGA), museum and gallery websites.

    There is also a Barr Smith Library Resource Guide for the course: http://libguides.adelaide.edu.au/arth5204





  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Face-to-face teaching on campus consists of one lecture and one tutorial or one gallery session per week. Lectures are accompanied by images (on powerpoint slides) and recorded for revision purposes. They provide a broad survey of the course and context for the tutorial case studies and assessment tasks. 

    Tutorials are supplemented by online learning activities. Students are required to examine a specific topic related to a weekly reading and take turns (once during semester) to deliver a short presentation that explores the significance of the topic.

    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    1 x 1.5 hour lecture (or equivalent) per week 18 hours per semester   
    1 x 1.5 hour tutorial (or equivalent) per week 18 hours per semester
    4 x 2-hour gallery sessions 8 hours per semester
    10 hours reading per week 120 hours per semester
    7 hours research per week 84 hours per semester
    4 hours assignment preparation per week 48 hours per semester
    4 hours online learning activities 16 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 312 hours per semester











    Learning Activities Summary
    The course uses a chronological and thematic framework to explore the dynamic early modern period of European art and visual culture from the Renaissance to the age of revolutions (moving into the earliest phase of Romanticism in the early nineteenth century). While the tutorials are based on case studies that are unsolved or invite debate in the art historical discourse. The assessment tasks are designed to extend the course beyond the classroom into additional areas of relevant scholarship.



    Specific Course Requirements
    Students are required to purchase the course reader and prescribed texts.

    Small Group Discovery Experience
    The course is rich in small group discovery experiences involving eight weekly tutorial discussions between the course
    coordinator and students, and four gallery sessions offered by curatorial staff in hands-on workshops in the collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    ASSIGNMENT WORD LENGTH WEIGHTING LEARNING OBJECTIVES
    Analytical object report 1,000 words 20% 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9
    Tutorial presentation

    Tutorial essay
    15 mins

    1,500 words
    10%

    25%
    3, 6, 7, 9

    1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10
    Research essay 3,500 words 45% 1-10
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Participation in tutorials is a compulsory component of the course. Students must attend at least 80% of tutorials to pass
    (unless a medical certificate is provided). Please inform the course coordinator if you are unable to attend.

    All assessment tasks must be submitted within two weeks of the due date. Assignments submitted after this are subject
    to be marked either at a pass or fail grade, unless students have been granted a formal extension.

    Assessment Detail
    Analytical Object Report
    Students are required to write a short analytical report on an early modern European work of art, which is dated between 1400-1830 and on display in the permanent collection of the Melrose Wing the Art Gallery of South Australia.  The objective is to write a clear, concise, cohesive, accurate and engaging visual analysis of the composition, style and iconography.

    Tutorial Presentation
    Students are required to deliver a 15-minute presentation on one tutorial case study.

    Tutorial Essay
    Studets are required to write an essay responding to a question (listed in the course handbook) relevant to the tutorial case study (due one week after the presentation).

    Research Essay
    Students have the option of selecting one of the essay questions listed in the course handbook or can devise a question relevant to the material covered in the course subject to approval by the course coordinator.


    Submission
    Written assignments must be submitted electronically via Turnitin on MyUni by midnight of the due date - this is a one-step process. Please keep note of submission receipts for both as proof of submission.

    Students must also keep an electronic copy of all work submitted.

    Extensions
    Extensions will be granted on the grounds of hardship or illness. Students must apply through the official procedure
    (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/student/exams/mod_arrange.html) unless:

    1. the extension required is two days or less;
    2. the assessment is worth 20% or less;
    3. the student is registered with the Disability Office and has a Disability Access Plan.

    Students who submit an essay late, without having gained an extension, will be liable to a penalty of 2 marks per day that
    the essay is overdue, including weekends, for a maximum of two weeks. Unless special arrangements have been made, essays more than two weeks late, may not be accepted, and will automatically be eligible for a pass or fail grade only.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

  • Student Support
  • Policies & Guidelines

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    http://www.hss.adelaide.edu.au/historypolitics/ohs/
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