ARTH 1001 - Introduction to Art History and Visual Culture

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018

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.

  • 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 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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Lisa Mansfield

    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 disciplinary knowledge of major issues and ideas in Italian Renaissance and Contemporary art and visual culture. 
    2 Identify and interpret Italian Renaissance and Contemporary images and objects.
    3 Evaluate and synthesise credible academic sources. 
    4 Communicate clearly and persuasively in writing and speaking. 
    5 Use appropriate learning technologies and research tools.
    6 Work independently and cooperatively in problem solving tasks and small group discussions.
    7 Manage and organise workloads to complete prescribed readings and meet deadlines for assignments.
    8 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)
    1-8
    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
    1, 2, 3
    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
    4, 6, 7
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    4, 5, 6, 7
    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, 2, 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
    4, 6, 8
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Weekly prescribed readings will be available on MyUni Canvas or by searching the Barr Smith Library (BSL) catalogue independently in advance of seminars. Students will receive hands-on training in searching for and collating electronic academic sources online and at the first face-to-face seminar workshop in week 2.
    Recommended Resources
    Recommended texts:

    Arnold, Dana. Art History: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2004. [BSL e-book].

    Johnson, Geraldine A. Renaissance Art: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. [BSL e-book].

    Stallabrass, Julian. Art Incorporated: The Story of Contemporary Art. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2004. [BSL e-book].
    Online Learning
    MyUni Canvas

    Announcements 

    Discussion Board (Q&A)

    Lecture recordings 

    Lecture and seminar image powerpoints 

    Seminar learning activities and discussion questions 

    Assessment task (assignment) instructions 

    Turnitin (assessment task submission and plagiarism tool)

    External resources (websites; podcasts; youtubes)








  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    While most weeks include face-to-face contact in the lecture and seminar workshops on campus, the course includes a small number of replacement structured online activities (with pre-recorded lectures) in a blended learning mode. The course content is divided into three modules (4 weeks each) that are designed to equip you with foundation art historical skills in critical looking, thinking, writing, and speaking about Italian Renaissance and Contemporary art and visual culture.
    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 hours 
    Research 42 hours 
    Assignment preparation 18 hours 
    Structured online activities 18 hours 
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    The course comprises three modules:

    Module 1 (weeks 1-4)
    Introduction to studies in art and visual culture (essential art history toolkit) 

    Module 2 (weeks 5-8)
    Italian Renaissance art and visual culture 

    Module 3 (weeks 9-12)
    Contemporary art and global visual culture
    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.

    Seminar attendance and participation are requirements for this course. Students must attend at least 80% of seminars to pass the course unless documentation of a medical condition (or Access Plan) can be provided. There will be opportunities to attend alternative seminars if a week is missed.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Small Group Discovery Experiences are not only an important component of the discussion and problem-solving activities in the face-to-face seminars, but are also conducted on the MyUni Canvas Discussion Board. 


  • 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 Due Learning Outcome
    Seminar participation (SGDE) Formative and summative 10% Weeks 5-12 1, 4, 6, 8
    Visual analysis Formative and summative 25% Week 4 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Academic source review Formative and summative 25% Week 8 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Research essay Formative and summative  40% Week 12 1-8
    Assessment Related Requirements
    This course has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance at seminar workshops.






    Assessment Detail
    Seminar participation (SGDE) Weeks 5-12 Small group discussion, visual analysis activities, collaborative problem solving of seminar case studies, and peer review exercises.
    Visual analysis  1000 words Write a visual analysis on either an Italian Renaissance or Contemporary work of art on display in the Art Gallery of South Australia. The work of art must also be available for close examination via the Google Art Project. 
    Academic source review 1000 words Write a critical review of a journal article or book chapter relevant to your research essay.
    Research essay 2000 words Write a research essay on a prescribed question on either Italian Renaissance or Contemporary Art (includes a synopsis with thesis statement). 




    Submission
    The three major assessment tasks (assignments) must be submitted via Turnitin on MyUni Canvas (by midnight of the due date). 




    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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