ARTH 5204EX - European Art: Renaissance to Revolutions

External - Semester 1 - 2014

This course explores the rich and diverse art and visual cultureof 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 5204EX
    Course European Art: Renaissance to Revolutions
    Coordinating Unit History
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s External
    Units 6
    Contact Online
    Restrictions Available to ProCertArtHist, GradCertArtHist, GradDipArtHist, MA(StArtHist) & MA(Cur&MuseumSt) students only
    Course Description This course explores the rich and diverse art and visual cultureof 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

    Room 511 Napier Building
    lisa.mansfield@adelaide.edu.au
    Course Timetable

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

    Course content (audio narrated lectures and gallery video clips) are available online. The 1.5 hour online seminar is held on Tuesdays from 7:00-8:30pm.
  • 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 books 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 listed or available on MyUni.
    Online Learning
    The course is conducted externally in online mode via the course website on MyUni and using Blackboard Collaborate for virtual tutorials and consultation appointments. Participation in the weekly virtual tutorials requires use of a headset.

    It is compulsory for students to regularly consult MyUni for announcements, lecture recordings and images (powerpoint slides), and additional resources. Students must also submit general questions about the course using the Discussion Board on MyUni (the course
    coordinator will only respond to emails concerning personal queries such as appointments and extensions).

    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.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course consists of a weekly lecture recording (or pre-recorded lectures as advised in the course handbook) and one synchronous virtual tutorial online per week over 12 weeks. Four of the virtual tutorials will be devoted to the collection of early modern European art in the Art Gallery of South Australia. 

    Lectures provide a broad chronological and thematic survey of the course as well as context for the case-studies in the virtual tutorials and requirements for the assessment tasks. 

    Tutorials concentrate on the examination of a specific topic related to the weekly readings.

    Students must take turns (once during semester) to deliver a short presentation that explores the significance of the tutorial topic.

    The course is supplemented with a range of online enrichment including pre-recorded video clips of gallery sessions, activities using Articulate Storyline, and other resources.

     



     

    Workload

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

    1 x 1.5-hour online lecture (or equivalent) per week 18 hours per semester
    1 x 1.5-hour online tutorial (or equivalent) per week 18 hours per semester
    4 x 2-hour virtual 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 must purchase the course reader and prescribed texts, and are expected to use or purchase a headset to participate in the weekly online virtual tutorials on Blackboard Collaborate.

    Small Group Discovery Experience
    The course is rich in small group discovery experiences with the online synchronous virtual tutorials enabling students to actively engage in small group discussions and problem-solving activities with the course coordinator. 

  • 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
    The assessment tasks are designed to develop advanced skills in visual analysis, short argumentative essays, and long research essays. Individual student presentations also develop high level proficiencies in oral communication and aural comprehension.

    Assessment Related Requirements
    Participation in the online tutorials is a compulsory component of the course. Students must attend at least 80% of classes to pass the course (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
    The course includes an analytical report (short visual analysis) of an early modern image or object held in the Art Gallery of South Australia, individual presentation and argumentative essay on a tutorial case study, and a major research essay on a prescribed or negotiated topic relevant to the course
    content.

    Further details and resources for all of the assessment tasks can be found in the course handbook.

    In addition, for ARTH 5204EX - the online/external version of the course in semester 1 - some sections need to have slightly different information which I entered on Thursday morning this week to reflect
    the fact that the course is taught entirely online, so students need to purchase headsets etc. for the live weekly tutorial online via Blackboard Collaborate. However, to bring some of the information more into line with the on-campus version of the course I would suggest changes below to the following sections (though I am happy for you to check what is already there and leave if you think the information is fine as it is):

    Submission
    Electronic submission
    Assessment tasks are to be submitted electronically via ‘Turnitin’ on MyUni. You will be asked to acknowledge understanding of the policies on plagiarism when submitting. No cover sheet is required. 

    Late penalty
    Essays must be submitted by the due date  ̶  the late submission penalty is 2 points per working day.

    Extension process
    Students wishing to apply for extensions of more than 2 days or for assessment tasks worth 20% or more for reasons of health or compassion must submit the form available via the link below (in person or via email attachment) to the School of History and Politics office on level 4 of the Napier Building or to the following email: historyandpolitcs@adelaide.edu.au

    Extension form
    http://www.adelaide.edu.au/student/exams/mod_arrange.html 

    Exceptions
    All other extension requests should be directed to the course co-ordinator via email with a suggested due date for approval. Requests over one week will require supporting documentation. Extensions will not be granted retrospectively, except in medical emergencies or on the advice of the Disability Office.

    Disability exemption  
    Students registered with the Disability Office are exempt from the above extension processes, but must submit their Disability Action Plan (DAP) to the course co-ordinator before assessment tasks are due to discuss their specific requirements and negotiate a new deadline.
    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
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    http://www.hss.adelaide.edu.au/historypolitics/ohs/
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