ARTS 1007 - The Enquiring Mind: Arts of Engagement

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

This course takes the position that the pursuit of knowledge is the fundamental purpose of university education. It aims to enthuse and equip commencing students through the interdisciplinary presentation of two agendas. Firstly the course offers broad perspectives (the `Big' Questions) in the Arts, with a focus on the theme of `Speaking Freely?. Secondly, the course involves systematic teaching of the key academic skills required in scholarly enquiry within the Arts. As well as the more traditional forms of university teaching including lectures and tutorials/seminars, the course provides intensive Small Group Discovery Experiences where a sense of collaborative endeavour is established as key questions are explored, and students gain confidence in pursuing their own investigations.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ARTS 1007
    Course The Enquiring Mind: Arts of Engagement
    Coordinating Unit Arts Faculty Office
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Restrictions Students enrolled in Faculty of Arts Programs
    Assessment Annotated Bibliography (10%), Research Essay (30%), Group Policy Report (30%), Group Conference presentation (20%), Participation (10%)
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Emerita Professor Christine Beasley



    Dr Chad Habel 
    Professor Han Baltussen
    Professor Ghil'ad Zuckermann 
    Dr Georgina Drew
    Professor Mary Griffiths
    Dr Anna Goldsworthy
    Professor Rachel Ankeny
    Professor Melissa de Zwart
    Professor Lisa Mansfield
    Dr Mandy Treagus

    Course Tutors (TBC)

    Tuesday 9am – 11am 422 Horace Lab Learning & Teaching Sandpit: Chad Habel
    Tuesday 11am – 1pm 422 Horace Lab Learning & Teaching Sandpit: John Walsh
    Tuesday 3pm – 5pm 422 Horace Lab Learning & Teaching Sandpit: Suzi Hutchings
    Tuesday 5pm – 7pm 422 Horace Lab Learning & Teaching Sandpit: Georgina Drew
    Wednesday 9am – 11am 422 Horace Lab Learning & Teaching Sandpit: Melissa Nursey-Bray
    Wednesday 1pm – 3pm Lower Napier LG 24: Andrew Beer
    Wednesday 3pm – 5pm Lower Napier LG 24: Anna Goldsworthy
    Thursday 9am – 11am 422 Horace Lab Learning & Teaching Sandpit: Suzi Hutchings 
    Thursday 12pm – 2pm Lower Napier LG 24: John Walsh 
    Thursday 2pm – 4pm 422 Horace Lab Learning & Teaching Sandpit: Martin Bailey
    Thursday 4pm – 6pm Lower Napier LG 24: Chad Habel
    Friday 10am – 12pm Lower Napier LG 24: Ghil’ad Zuckermann 
    Friday 1pm – 3pm: Martin Bailey
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
    1 Undertake research that is relevant to the real world
    2 Locate, access and evaluate information including both primary and secondary source material
    3 Develop scholarly arguments using evidence 
    4 Argue, in writing and orally, a position using evidence based on research
    5 Cite sources both in text and orally, and provide a complete reference list
    6 Engage in scholarly discussions via technology
    7 Analyse contemporary issues across disciplines
    8 Analyse primary 'texts' such as video, images, music, games, literature and visual art
    9 Collaborate in small groups to discover knowledge
    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)
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    The Course Reader will be available from the Image and Copy Centre in the basement of the Wills Building and must be ordered online via the Online Shop (see The cost is $22 - ensure you are logged in with your student password to access the Reader for purchase. You then collect your printed Reader from the Image and Copy Centre: Level 1, Hughes Building. The Course Reader is the crucial resource for this course. You are required to bring the Course Reader (or sections of it) to class to consult it frequently for discussions during Seminar tasks. You will also need to draw on readings to provide evidence for discussion and other class activities.

    In this Course Reader you will find the set readings assigned for each week in the course, which along with the lecture provide you with the essential preparation for seminars. The links to these Readings are also available on the course MyUni site. Students will need to have read the Set Readings in order to undertake the Pre-Lecture Quizeach week on MyUni. It is expected that you will complete the Readings and Quiz before the lecture.
    Recommended Resources
    Additional Readings are recommended for each Seminar Topic to assist with your essay and/or report writing. These are available via MyUni in the 'Assessment' folder.

    An addition to the Recommended Resources, it is expected that you will undertake independent research via the Web and especially on the University's Article Database via the Library website: The University has access to a number of academic journals that have full text articles available online. Use Academic OneFile, Academic Search Complete, Project Muse and JSTOR databases (on the Library’s catalogue) to locate articles in these journals.

    Further resources are also available via the Library Guide which has been customised for this course in particular:
    Online Learning
    Preparation for lectures and seminars is essential to get themost out of these valuable learning opportunities, and often this preparation takes place online, via MyUni. See the 'System for success' below.

    Students should also check MyUni on a regular basis for announcements and discussion in the Discussion Forum. It is recommended that you 'Subscribe' to Discussion Forum threads (especially if you have left a post) in order to get updates when another post is made on that thread. General course questions will only be answered by the Course Coordinator via the Discussion Board on MyUni: check the Board to see if your question has already been answered, and then post your question if you don't have an answer yet.

    Lecture materials (recordings of lectures with lecture powerpoint slides) will be available on the MyUni to enable you to review lecture material. There are also important Resource Materials provided on MyUni to assist with key study skills and your assessment tasks: click the 'Resources' tab on the left-hand menu to access these.

    Pre-lecture quizzes are an essential way of demonstrating your preparation for lectures and seminars. The Quiz for each week will be made available around ten days before the lecture, and then will close at 5pm on the day of the lecture. Ensure you have completed each quiz before it closes to avoid missing out on the opportunity to get marks and show that you have prepared for the week ahead.

    A combination of online and offline activities comprises the 'System for Success': a step-by-step process that you can follow to properly engage with this course:

    1. Watch the ‘Pre-reading video’ in the relevant week on MyUni (it’s short)
    2. Scan the ‘Pre-lecture quiz’ items so you know what information you are looking for when you start the readings
    3. Complete the Weekly Readings (allow 3 hours, but it might take longer)
    4. Complete the ‘Pre-lecture quiz’ in the relevant week on MyUni (allow 1 hour, but it might take longer)
    5. When the quiz is completed, access the Weekly Image and download, save or print it to bring to the Seminar
    6. Attend the lecture on Monday at 12pm in the Scott Lecture Theatre, and watch/listen to the recording to review the content
    7. Attend your weekly Seminar (don’t forget to bring the Weekly Image)
    8. Check MyUni at the end of the week for the Quiz Answers and Weekly Image sample analysis

    If you do this and dedicate at least 6 hours a week to assignments, you should succeed in this course and learn a lot.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures introduce students to a range of the ‘Big’ Questions that preoccupy, stimulate and engage the Humanities and Social Sciences, and familiarise students with disciplinary and interdisciplinary ways of approaching them. Seminars will develop academic literacies and research skills, and provide a forum in which to share research findings and review assessment tasks.

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

    Students will commit the equivalent of 156 hours per semester to study in this course.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week 1 Introduction: Fundamentals of free speech/expression
    Week 2 The body
    Week 3 Visual art
    Week 4 Music
    Week 5 Film
    Week 6 Social movements
    Week 7 Communities and cultures: dealing with difference
    Week 8 Presentation of the self/identity: dealing with difference
    Week 9 Dissent, protest, activist
    Week 10 No lecture - student consultation with tutors. Seminars still held during this week.
    Week 11 No lecture - student consultation with tutors. Seminars still held during this week.
    Week 12 No lecture - student consultation with tutors. Seminars still held during this week.

    Specific Course Requirements
    To be announced.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Small Group Discovery Experiences will occur over the course of the semester and will centre on the identification and investigation of a problem, and the synthesis and critical evaluation of information related to it.
  • 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
    Provisional. Assessment may include blended learning assignments, structured learning and/or collaborative activities, essay(s), oral presentation, annotated bibliography.
    Assessment Related Requirements

    To be announced.

    Assessment Detail

    Assessment details are to be announced.


    Assessment submission is to be undertaken in the form prescribed in any instructions issued for individual assessment items. Provisionally and for example, submission formats may include: in class presentations and/or discussions; online submission of written and other work; hard copy submission of written work to a prescribed place; completing a quiz. This is not an exhaustive list.

    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 ( 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.

    As always, student feedback on such a large course is diverse, and some at least have seen the substantial and long-term benefits of the course. From an unsolicted student email:
    just wanted to let you know I've found enquiring minds a hugely beneficial course in terms of becoming a well rounded, well educated human being. The topics chosen each week have been so interesting, and I've learnt something fascinating with every lecture and reading. I feel quite privileged to have been a part of it.
    Just wanted to give that feedback as I think it's a new course? And I hope it will continue in future years.
    Thank you, very much :)
  • Student Support
    Academic Support

    The Faculty of Arts Study Skills team offers academic support and development for new students, designed to help them progress in and get the most out of their studies. They can help you to
    • Structure essays
    • Develop research techniques
    • Select course and develop career pathways
    • Improve your writing, study, reading and time-management skills
    • Increase your knowledge of key academic matters such as plagiarism, referencing etc

    The Arts Support team (see can meet with you face-to-face or correspond via email ( Finally you can ring them on 8313 0303 if you have any questions or would like to meet up. They hold drop-in hours in the Hub Central Seminar Room, Level 3, the Hub, on Thursdays 11-3, or make an appointment via email or phone. Please ask them about joining the Study Skills Facebook group.

    Consider joining the Uni Adelaide ARTS First Year Group 2015. This group is administered by staff in the Faculty and senior ARTS students and is designed to give first year students a way to connect with each other and get quick answers to FAQs. The Study Skills team has put together a range of online resources for developing academic skills. All of these resources can be found within the MyUNI course Academic Skills Resources, located under Other Courses in your MyUNI homepage. Also please see for advice about academic skills tutorials for new students.
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