ARTH 1001 - Introduction to Art History and Visual Culture

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

As a product of human hands and minds, art is an enduring form of creative expression and symbolic communication that changes in meaning and status by engaging the intellect and emotions of the viewer across time and place. This course comparatively explores art and visual culture from the varied social functions of images and objects in the Italian Renaissance to global practices of original and reproductive digitalisation, politicisation, and bodily performance in the twenty-first century. Major art historical approaches used to shed light on the making and viewing of past and present forms of visual expression and cultural production are introduced. Students engage with a range of contexts that inform works of art, including the relationship between art and its methods of production and preservation, its engagement with society and installation in museum settings, and the different ways in which viewers respond to art and interpret the meanings and messages it conveys. The development of foundation visual literacy skills empowers students with life-transforming tools for interrogating and curating knowledge using authentic images and objects actively in the space of the modern art museum and gallery and virtually by employing visual technologies.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ARTH 1001
    Course Introduction to Art History and Visual Culture
    Coordinating Unit Art History
    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
    Course Description As a product of human hands and minds, art is an enduring form of creative expression and symbolic communication that changes in meaning and status by engaging the intellect and emotions of the viewer across time and place. This course comparatively explores art and visual culture from the varied social functions of images and objects in the Italian Renaissance to global practices of original and reproductive digitalisation, politicisation, and bodily performance in the twenty-first century. Major art historical approaches used to shed light on the making and viewing of past and present forms of visual expression and cultural production are introduced. Students engage with a range of contexts that inform works of art, including the relationship between art and its methods of production and preservation, its engagement with society and installation in museum settings, and the different ways in which viewers respond to art and interpret the meanings and messages it conveys. The development of foundation visual literacy skills empowers students with life-transforming tools for interrogating and curating knowledge using authentic images and objects actively in the space of the modern art museum and gallery and virtually by employing visual technologies.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Lisa Mansfield

    Email: lisa.mansfield@adelaide.edu.au
    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:

    1 Demonstrate knowledge of major art historical methods and theories used for analysing forms and functions of art.
    2 Interpret and contextualise past (old) and present (new) images and objects.
    3 Evaluate and synthesise scholarly perspectives.
    4 Formulate, conceptualise, and articulate informed and independent judgments, arguments and conclusions persuasively, creatively and theoretically.
    5 Critically read and review the politics of display cultures in museum and gallery collections and exhibitions.
    6 Use appropriate learning technologies and research tools with competence.
    7 Work in a self-directed manner independently and cooperatively in collaborative problem solving tasks and small group discussions.
    8 Manage and organise workloads to complete required readings and meet deadlines for assignments.
    9 Understand the complexities of human creativity and diversity in local and global societies and cultures.
    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 5
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    2, 3, 4, 5, 7
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    3, 4, 5, 7, 9
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1, 5, 8
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    7, 8, 9
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    All required resources including prescribed readings for seminar workshops will be available on MyUni or downloadable online by searching the Barr Smith Library catalogue. Students will receive hands-on training in searching for required resources online early in the course.
    Recommended Resources
    Recommended texts:

    Arnold, Dana. Art History: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.

    Freeland, Cynthia. But Is It Art? An Introduction to Art Theory. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.

    Johnson, Geraldine. Renaissance Art: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. [Barr Smith Library e-book].
    Online Learning
    MyUni will be used extensively for all prescribed and recommended course materials and external resources, including announcements, discussion boards, lecture recordings, and image databases.

    Essential course information including the lecture and seminar schedule, assessment task instructions, and prescribed course
    readings, will be available in a course handbook (pdf) on MyUni in the week before semester starts.

    Pre-recorded lectures and online activities will also be posted on MyUni one week in advance throughout the semester.




  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Weekly face-to-face contact in live lectures, skill-building workshops, and content-based seminars are supplemented with pre-recorded lectures and online learning activities, including module revision quizzes to enhance student engagement
    with the core concepts of the course as active participants. Each face-to-face lecture will pose at least one key question for
    independent reflection, small group discussion and collaborative problem solving in the 2-hour seminar workshops. Art and visual culture as a universal form of human creative expression and communication provides a foundation for creating a stimulating, inclusive and supportive course culture.

    The first module introduces course content in the lectures and equips students with basic skills of critical looking, thinking, and reading, referencing, planning, different types of art historical writing, research approaches, and assessment planning in face-to-face workshops. The second and third modules concentrate on art and visual culture content in old (Italian Renaissance) and
    new (contemporary) western cultural and historical contexts complemented by seminar case studies for small group discussion and analysis. Assessed revision quizzes will conclude each content module.




    Workload

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

    Lectures: 12 hours
    Seminars: 24 hours
    Reading: 42
    Research: 42
    Assignment preparation: 18
    Online activities: 18

    TOTAL: 156 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    The course comprises three core modules:

    Module 1 (weeks 1-4)
    Introduction to art and visual culture: methods for studying images and objects; interpretative contexts for old and new images and objects; museum and gallery display cultures; how to write about art.

    Module 2 (weeks 5-8)
    Italian Renaissance art, society and culture.

    Module 3 (weeks 9-12)
    Contemporary art in a global world.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Students will be required to conduct independent and small group research tasks and learning activities in the Art Gallery of South Australia and online via MyUni.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Small group discovery experiences are embedded in all workshops and seminars for the course over 10 weeks. Seminars will accommodate up to 30 students over 2 hours and incorporate small group problem solving tasks based on the weekly lecture question, prescribed readings and responses to pre-recorded online activities in direct engagement 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
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome
    Seminar participation Formative and Summative

    5-12

    10% 1, 2, 3, 7, 8
    Online module revision quizzes Formative and Summative Week 4, 8, 12 15% 2, 6, 7, 8
    Exhibition review Summative To be advised 25% (1000 words) 4, 5
    Research essay plan Formative and summative To be advised 10% (500 words) 6, 7
    Research essay Summative To be advised 40% (2000 words) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Assessment Related Requirements
    This course has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance at seminar workshops.






    Assessment Detail
    Seminar workshops
    Participation (10%): Students engage in small group discussion, reflection, analysis and collaborative problem solving on key case studies.

    Online Revision Module Quizzes (10%):
    Students will be required to complete an online revision quiz at the end of each of the three modules comprising multiple choice and short answer responses.

    1000 word Exhibition Review (20%):
    Students will be required to write a critical review of the old and new thematic hang of the Melrose Wing in the Art Gallery of South Australia.

    1000 word Research Essay Plan (20%):
    Students will be required to submit a starter bibliography, image list, and summary statement of key scholarly arguments pertinent to a set essay question on Italian Renaissance or contemporary art and visual culture.  

    2000 word research essay (40%):
    Students will be required to write a 2000 word research essay on a set question focused on Italian Renaissance or contemporary art and visual culture.




    Submission
    The two major assessment tasks (exhibition review and research essay) must be submitted as word documents on Turnitin.




    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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