ARTH 7002OL - The Work of Art in Context: Independent Study

Online - Semester 2 - 2019

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ARTH 7002OL
    Course The Work of Art in Context: Independent Study
    Coordinating Unit Art History
    Term Semester 2
    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 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 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
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Prescribed 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 Resources
    D'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]
    Online Learning


    Discussion forum 

    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:
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This 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.

    3 hours structured online learning activities per week 36 hours per semester
    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 Requirements
    Students must have completed the Core course (ARTH 7001 or ARTH 7001OL) in the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Art History to enrol in this Elective course. 
  • 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 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  At the end of semester 50% 1-5
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students must submit all assessment tasks to pass the course.
    Assessment Detail
    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
    The three assessment tasks must be submitted on Turnitin via MyUni 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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