ARTH 5522 - Curatorial and Museum Studies A

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

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This subject will focus on the role and function of museums, the nature and purpose of collections, the history and philosophy of museums and their collections, cultural issues of collecting, collection policies and conservation issues and practice. Students will examine these issues theoretically, and within the context of galleries and museums and apply them in a research project.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ARTH 5522
    Course Curatorial and Museum Studies A
    Coordinating Unit Art History
    Term Semester 1
    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 MA(Cur&MuseumSt) students only
    Course Description This subject will focus on the role and function of museums, the nature and purpose of collections, the history and philosophy of museums and their collections, cultural issues of collecting, collection policies and conservation issues and practice. Students will examine these issues theoretically, and within the context of galleries and museums and apply them in a research project.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Catherine Speck
    Napier 316
    Phone: 8313 3205
    Course Timetable

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

    2-5pm Tuesdays
    Stretton room, Napier level 4
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1 Demonstrate a broad understanding of the history and philosophy of museums and collections within a global context
    2 Demonstrate an ability to identify, access and critically evaluate a wide variety of relevant primary, secondary, textual and visual materials using a range of technologies
    3 Demonstrate specialised research skills focussing on analysis and synthesis of museological information using a wide range of methodologies and innovative approaches
    4 Demonstrate an ability to generate ideas and to construct evidence based arguments in a planned and timely manner
    5 Deomonstrate an ability to work in the gallery/museum sector in a range of curatorial and collection management roles and communicate effectively in individual and team-based situations
    6 Demonstrate awareness of the ethical issues in their professional and intellectual context including the gallery/museum sector within a global context
    7 Demonstrate awareness of potential leadership roles in the community of scholars and in the wider gallery and museum community
    University Graduate Attributes

    No information currently available.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    · Course Handbook – distributed at the first tutorial.
    · Course Reader – distributed at the first tutorial.
    Recommended Resources

    Recommended list:

    Barker, D. (ed).Contemporary Cultures of Display, Yale University Press, New Haven, 1999.

    Carbonell, B. (ed). Museum Studies: An Anthology of Contexts, Blackwell, Morden, 2004

    Museum Methods, Museums Australia, 2002

    Preziozi, D. Grasping the World: The Idea of the Museum, Ashgate, 2004

    Schubert, K. The Curator’s Egg, Ridinghouse, London, 2009.

    Smith, Terry. Thinking Contemporary Curating, Independent Curators International, 2012.

    Vergo, P. (ed). The New Museology, London, Reaktion Books, 1989

    · Recommended list (available at the Art Gallery of South Australia bookshop or online booksellers)
    · Lecture and tutorial images (on PowerPoint)
    · Barr Smith Library Resource Guide:

    Online Learning
    Readings and resources that supplement the course reader will be available on MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures, workshops and seminars.

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

    The course is composed of 3 hour long classes, to be held in the University, at the Art Gallery of South Australia and other museum and gallery spaces.

    Please note that 6-unit courses in Arts are designed on the assumption that all learning and assessment activities (including lectures, tutorials, preparatory work, research and writing of assignments etc.) will require approximately 312 hours.

    Learning Activities Summary
    The course consists of twelve weeks of classes, including university and gallery sessions.
    Specific Course Requirements
    A number of the "Gallery" sessions will be held at museums and galleries in Adelaide other than the Art Gallery of South Australia. It is the responsibility of students to arrange their own transport to those locations. Classes begin at the designated starting times set for the course at those venues.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    The course is based on small group discovery experiences. Tutorials will involve group discussion of set texts and topical issues.
  • Assessment

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    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
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    Tutorial participation and tasks Formative and Summative 10% 1-7
    10,000-12,000 word research project Formative and Summative 90% 1, 2, 4, 6, 7
    Assessment Detail
    Research Project (10,000 –12,000 words): a list of relevant research topics will be published at the beginning of the course, or you may negotiate a topic. You will also have to write a 500-word abstract. Weighting: 90%

    Tutorial tasks and participation: the tasks are listed in the Course Guide, which will be distributed at the start of the course. Weighting: 10%
    In addition to submitting your research project in hard copy, you must also submit it online via MyUni

    All tutorial assignments are to be submitted electronically via MyUni.

    Students wishing to apply for an extension need to submit the relevant form available at at least 5 days prior to the due date for the assignment. If one of the following criteria is met, an informal extension can be organised with the course coordinator or tutor:
    · small extension – 2 days or less;
    · assessment item is worth 20% or less;
    · student is registered with the Disability Office (need to attach a Disability Access Plan – DAP).
    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.

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