ARTH 1001 - Introduction to Art History and Visual Culture
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017
General Course Information
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 Art is an enduring product of human creativity, symbolic communication, and emotional expression that exists in an intriguing intersection with past and present historical contexts. This course provides an introduction to key concepts and methods used for studying art and visual culture from the Italian Renaissance to global contemporary art of the twenty-first century. Emphasis is placed on the changing definition of art, works of art as material objects, origins and evolution of museums and galleries, ethics of conservation and restoration, and the roles played by artists, patrons, viewers, and consumers in making meaning about art. The course aims to develop fundamental visual literacy skills that equip students with life-transforming tools for engaging with a diverse of range of images and objects for pleasure, further studies in Art History, or professional careers in curatorship.
Course Coordinator: Dr Lisa MansfieldEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn 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
Required ResourcesAll 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 ResourcesRecommended 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 LearningMyUni 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 ModesWeekly 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.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Lectures: 12 hours
Seminars: 24 hours
Assignment preparation: 18
Online activities: 18
TOTAL: 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities SummaryThe 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 RequirementsStudents 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 ExperienceSmall 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
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
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- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome Seminar participation Formative and Summative
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 RequirementsThis course has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance at seminar workshops.
Assessment DetailSeminar 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.
SubmissionThe two major assessment tasks (exhibition review and research essay) must be submitted as word documents on Turnitin.
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
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