ARTS 3003 - Advanced Arts: Theory and Method

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024

This course is designed to assist BA (Advanced) students in their study of a range of humanities and social sciences theories and methods. Students who wish to complete research work in the Arts may frequently encounter problems when they move from summarising theories to applying them in practice. Therefore, this course involves intensive scrutiny of a representative range of theories commonly encountered across the subject areas encompassed by this degree program. These theories are then explored through the examination of research work that illustrates active uses of these ideas to solve specific research problems. Students complete assignments in seminar classes and through written work that enables them to apply selected theoretical work to problems that they have identified independently.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ARTS 3003
    Course Advanced Arts: Theory and Method
    Coordinating Unit Arts, Business, Law and Economics Faculty Office
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study including ARTS 1008
    Restrictions Available to BA(Adv) students only
    Quota A quota of 30 applies
    Assessment 2 x Wiki-entries, research paper 1 (disciplinary), research paper 2 (Interdisciplinary)
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Gareth Pritchard

    Office: Napier 508
    elephone: 08 8313 4529
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1 Demonstrate a sound knowledge of the foundations of the disciplinary area(s) studied.
    2 Show a critical understanding of the development of theories and methods in major(s) studied.
    3 Examine, articulate and debate their views in small group discussions.
    4 Formulate coherent arguments in independently researched written work.
    5 Demonstrate a capacity to apply theoretical principles to particular research problems.
    6 Show a commitment to life-long learning and awareness of the ethical, social and cultural aspects of material studied as well as their importance for professional contexts.
    7 Demonstrate leadership and high standards regarding the responsibilities incumbent upon an academically trained researcher.
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Each module will have a set reading list provided to the students, available via Myuni.
    Recommended Resources
    Online Learning
    Additional course-related material is available through MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures supported by problem-solving workshops which develop lecture material.

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

    1 x 1-hour lecture (or equivalent) per week 12 hours per semester
    1 x 2-hour seminar (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester
    3 hours independent and group research per week 36 hours per semester
    3 hours seminar preparation per week 36 hours per semester
    4 hours assignment work per week 48 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Available upon enrolment into the course.
    Specific Course Requirements
  • 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
    Assessment Task Task Type  Weighting Course Learning Objectives
    Preparatory readings & research Formative 0% 1,2
    Weekly notes on readings Formative and summative 10% 3,6,7
    Research paper 1 Formative and summative 40% 1,2,3,4,5
    Research paper 2 Formative and summative 40% 1,2,3,4,5
    Oral examination Formative and summative 10% 3,6,7
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Attendance at seminars is compulsory.
    Assessment Detail
    Preparatory reading and research: students are expected to prepare for seminars by reading and researching - 0% weighting.

    Weekly notes: every week, students will write a short response to the readings for that week - 10% weighting.

    Research paper 1: students submit a research essay on a chosen topic - 40% weighting.

    Research paper 2: students submit a research essay on a chosen topic - 40% weighting.

    Seminar presentation: students submit a short presentation on a chosen topic - 10% weighting.
    Assignments are to be submitted electronically via MyUni.
    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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    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 ( 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.

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