ARTH 7001 - Introduction to Art History and Visual Culture
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code ARTH 7001 Course Introduction to Art History and Visual Culture Coordinating Unit Art 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 major issues and ideas in Italian Renaissance and contemporary art. 2 Analyse and interpret Italian Renaissance and contemporary images and objects. 3 Identify credible academic sources for evaluation and synthesis to form logical arguments. 4 Communicate clearly and persuasively in writing and speaking. 5 Use discipline-specific digital technologies and research tools. 6 Work independently and cooperatively in problem solving tasks and small group discussions.
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, 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
3, 4, 6 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1-6 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, 4, 6 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 tutorial readings (PDFs) will be available as an electronic reading list on MyUni.
Recommended ResourcesThere is no prescribed text for the course. The following books will be useful for background reading:
Arnold, Dana. Art History: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2004. [BSL eBook]
Johnson, Geraldine A. Renaissance Art: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. [BSL eBook]
Stallabrass, Julian. Contemporary Art: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2006. [BSL eBook]*
Stallabrass, Julian. Art Incorporated: The Story of Contemporary Art. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2004. [BSL eBook]*
*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 subject guides
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesWeekly lectures (1 hour) and tutorials (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 1 x 2-hour tutorial per week 24 hours 36 hours per semester Self-Directed Learning Total Hours 8 hours reading per week 96 hours 8 hours research per week 96 hours 7 hours assignment preparation per week 84 hours per semester 276 hours per semester TOTAL WORKLOAD 312 HOURS PER SEMESTER
Learning Activities SummaryModule 1 (weeks 1-4)
Introduction to art history and visual culture
Module 2 (weeks 5-8)
Introduction to Italian Renaissance art
Module 3 (weeks 9-12)
Introduction to contemporary art
Specific Course RequirementsStudents are required to miss no more than three tutorials to pass the course (unless medical documentation or an Access Plan provided is provided to the Course Coordinator or Tutor).
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 Tutorial Participation Formative and Summative
10% 1, 4, 5, 6 Visual Analysis Formative and Summative During semester 25% 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 Short essay Formative and Summative During semester 25% 3, 4, 5, 6 Research Essay Formative and Summative After semester 40% 1-6
Due to the current COVID-19 situation, modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.
1. Tutorial participation - non-assessed weekly discussion on MyUni.
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents must submit the Research Essay to pass the course.
Assessment Task Description Tutorial Participation Students will be expected to contribute to small group discussion and complete a variety of individual and collaborative formative (non-assessed) learning activities from pop quizzes and peer-review exercises to skills-development workshops to assist completion of the summative (assessed) assignments. Visual Analysis Students will be required to write a visual analysis (1,000 words) of one Italian Renaissance or one contemporary work of art from a prescribed list. Journal Article Review Students will be required to write a comparative critical review (1,500 words) of two peer-reviewed journal articles. Research Essay Students will be required to write a research essay (3,500 words) on a prescribed question.
SubmissionAssessment tasks must be submitted using Turnitin on 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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