ARTH 7002OL - The Work of Art in Context: Independent Study
Online - Semester 1 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code ARTH 7002OL Course The Work of Art in Context: Independent Study Coordinating Unit Art History Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s Online Units 6 Contact Up to 3 hours per week online Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites ARTH 7001OL for commencing students. Restrictions Available to GCertArtHist, GDipArtHist, MA(StArtHist) & MA(CuratMuseumSt) only Course Description This online elective course is for students who will complete the Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate in first semester 2019. It will enable you to draw on your art historical knowledge and skills in a negotiated specialist independent study topic under supervision. Structured around the dynamic collections of the Art Gallery of South Australia, you will focus in detail on the materiality of objects, exhibitions, or texts of art theory to shed light on the making and meaning of a single work of art.
Course Coordinator: Dr Lisa Mansfield
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 advanced knowledge and understanding of principal methods and theories in Art History. 2 Analyse and interpret works of art formally using appropriate research tools and digital technologies. 3 Critically evaluate and synthesise primary and secondary sources as part of independent contextual research. 4 Frame meaningful research questions around a single work of art. 5 Communicate clearly and convincincly about art, societies, and cultures in a coherent essay using discipline specific terminolgy.
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 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 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, 5 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1-5 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
3, 5 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
3, 4, 5
Required ResourcesPrescribed readings will be available as an electronic reading list on MyUni.
External students based in rural South Australia, interstate, or overseas are required to register as a remote student with the Barr Smith Library by week 4.
Recommended ResourcesD'Alleva, Anne. How to Write Art History. London: Laurence King Publishing, 2006.
Barnet, Sylvan. A Short Guide to Writing About Art. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2010.
Hatt, Michael and Charlotte Klonk, Art History: A Critical Introduction to its Methods. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2006.
Preziosi, Donald. The Art of Art History: A Critical Anthology. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. [BSL E-book]
Structured learning activities
Text and image powerpoints
Assessment task instructions
Turnitin (assessment task submission and plagiarism tool)
External internet resources (museum and gallery websites; image databases; podcasts)
BSL (Barr Smith Library) Art History Subject Guide: http://libguides.adelaide.au/ArtHistory
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is conducted online using MyUni and electronic sources of extracurricular enrichment (there are no lectures or tutorials on campus).
Independent reading, research and writing is structured around summative assessment task components, formative learning activities online, including peer review, and supplemented with a small number of individual supevision meetings and one seminar on campus (arranged during semester).
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
STRUCTURED LEARNING ONLINE TOTAL HOURS 3 hours structured online learning activities per week 36 hours per semester SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING ONLINE 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 Summary
Tentative online learning activity topics Week 1 Course induction Week 2 Materials and techniques of images and objects Week 3 From formal to contextual analysis Week 4 Methods and theories of Art History Week 5 The art historian at work Week 6 The curious art historian Week 7 The argumentative art historian Week 8 Writing Art History Week 9 Independent research and writing Week 10 Independent research and writing Week 11 Independent research and writing Week 12 Independent research and writing
Specific Course RequirementsEnrolment in ARTH 7002OL is restricted to continuing Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Art History students in semester 1 (2019).
The same course is open to new students in the Art History program in semester 2 (2019).
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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 Proposal (work of art) Formative and summative
During semester (before the mid-semester break)
25% 2, 4, 5 Report (analysis) Formative and summative During semester 25% 1, 2, 3 Essay (research) Formative and summative End of semester 50% 1-5
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents must submit all assessment tasks to pass the course.
Assessment task Description Word count Proposal (work of art) Students will be required to choose one work of art on display in the Art Gallery of South Australia and available for study on the Google Art Project. The proposal will include a rationale, description, sample research questions, and starter bibliography. 1,000 words Report (analysis) Students will formally analyse the materials and techniques of the primary work of art for peer review and publication on MyUni. 1,000 words Essay (research) Students will be required to conduct independent research using relevant primary and secondary visual and textual sources to situate the work of art in a specific social, cultural, artistic, political, religious, or economic context in order to write an essay based on a specific research question (in negotiation with the course coordinator/supervisor). 4,000 words
SubmissionThe three assessment tasks 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
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