ARTH 7001 - Introduction to Art History and Visual Culture
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code ARTH 7001 Course Introduction to Art History and Visual Culture Coordinating Unit History Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Restrictions Available to GCertArtHist, GDipArtHist, MA(StArtHist) & MA(CuratMuseumSt) students only Course Description This core course introduces key concepts and principal methods and theories in the history of art used for the study of Italian Renaissance art and Contemporary art today. Topics to be considered include the changing definition of art, works of art as material objects, works of art in social, cultural, and political contexts, and display practices of museum and galleries. The course will not only enhance your enjoyment and understanding of art and visual culture for pleasure, but also develop foundation skills in writing and researching art history.
Course Coordinator: Dr Lisa Mansfield
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of principal methods and theories of Art History. 2 Analyse works of art using formal analysis. 3 Identify and interpret art produced in Renaissance Italy and global contemporary societies and cultures. 4 Evaluate and synthesise credible academic sources and scholarly arguments. 5 Communicate clearly and persuasively in writing and speaking about art. 6 Use appropriate digital technologies and research tools. 7 Work independently and cooperatively in problem solving tasks.
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, 3, 4 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
3, 4, 5, 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
5, 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
1-7 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, 3 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
Required ResourcesPrescribed seminar readings will be available (weekly) as an electronic reading list on MyUni.
Recommended ResourcesArnold, 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. Contemporary Art: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2006. [BSL e-book]*
Stallabrass, Julian. Art Incorporated: The Story of Contemporary Art. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2004. [BSL e-book]*
*Same content is covered in both books.
Lecture and seminar image powerpoints
Seminar questions and formative learning tasks
Assessment task instructions
Turnitin (assessment task submission and plagiarism tool)
External resources (museum and gallery websites; image databases)
BSL (Barr Smith Library) Art History Subject Guide: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/ArtHistory
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesWeekly lectures (1 hour) and seminars (2 hours), including a small number of weeks conducted online with replacement structured learning activities on MyUni.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
STRUCTURED LEARNING TOTAL HOURS 1 x 1-hour lecture per week 12 hours per semester 1 x 2-hour seminar per week 24 hours per semester 36 hours per semester SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING TOTAL HOURS 8 hours reading per week 96 hours per semester 9 hours research per week 108 hours per semester 6 hours assignment preparation per week 72 hours per semester TOTAL HOURS = 312 hours per semester
Learning Activities SummaryModule 1 (weeks 1-4)
Introduction to art history and visual culture
Module 2 (weeks 5-8)
Renaissance art (Italian)
Module 3 (weeks 9-12)
Contemporary art (international)
Lecture and seminar topics for each module will be available on MyUni one week before semester starts.
Specific Course RequirementsStudents are required to miss no more than 3 of the weekly seminars to pass the course (unless documentation of a medical condition or Access Plan provided) and are permitted to attend alternative seminars as required.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome Seminar attendance and participation Formative and summative
10% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 Visual analysis Formative and summative During semester 20% 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 Journal article review Formative and summative During semester 20% 1, 4, 5, 6, 7 Research essay Formative and summative End of semester 50% 1-7
Assessment task Description Word count Seminar attendance and participation Small group discussion, formative learning activities, collaborative problem solving discussions, pop quizzes, and peer review exercises. Weekly Visual analysis Students will be required to select and formally analyse one Italian Renaissance or one contemporary work of art held in the Art Gallery of South Australia on display and available for study on the Google Art Project. 1,000 words Journal article review Students will be required to locate one peer-review journal article related to a seminar topic or the research essay that is not listed as a prescribed reading. 1,000 words Research essay Students will be required to write a research essay (with synopsis and thesis statement) based on a negotiated question that extends a topic covered in the course. 3,500 words
SubmissionThe three major assessment tasks (Visual Analysis / Journal Article Review / Research Essay) must be submitted on Turnitin via MyUni by midnight of the due date.
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.
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Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
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