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

Online - Semester 2 - 2020

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 knowledge and understanding of principal methods and theories of Art History.
    2 Analyse and interpret works of art using appropriate research tools and digital technologies. 
    3 Critically evaluate and synthesise primary and secondary sources.
    4 Generate insightful research questions to contextualise a single work of art. 
    5 Communicate effectively in writing and speaking about art using discipline-specific terminology. 
    6 Formulate independent arguments and convincing conclusions in a short research-intensive project.  
    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)
    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, 6
    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, 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
    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
    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
    3, 4, 5, 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Prescribed readings (PDFs) will be available on MyUni.
    Recommended Resources
    There is no prescribed text. The following books are useful resources on art historical writing and methods and theories: 

    D'Alleva, Anne. How to Write Art History. London: Laurence King Publishing, 2006.

    Barnet, Sylvan. A Short Guide to Writing About Art. 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 eBook]
    Online Learning


    Discussion forum 

    Structured learning activities

    Text and image powerpoints

    Assessment task instructions

    Assignment submission (Turnitin)

    External electronic resources (museum and gallery websites; image databases; podcasts)

    BSL subject guides
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is conducted online using MyUni and electronic sources of extracurricular enrichment (with no lectures or tutorials held on campus). Independent reading, research and writing is structured around systematic learning activities (formative) that are designed to support the assessment tasks (summative) and may be supplemented with a small number of individual supervision meetings with the Course Coordinator or one-off seminars on campus (arranged during semester if feasible).

    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 online activities per week 36 hours per semester
    Self-Directed Learning Online  Total Hours
    8 hours reading per week 96 hours 
    8 hours research per week 96 hours 
    7 hours assignment preparation per week 84 hours 
    276 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Online Schedule
    Week 1 Course Induction
    Week 2 The Art Historian at Work
    Week 3 Formal Analysis 
    Week 4 Contextual Curiosity 
    Week 5 Research Workshop
    Week 6 Methods and Theories of Art History
    Week 7 The Art of Argumenation 
    Week 8 Independent research and writing
    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
    This course is restricted to Graduate Diploma in Art History students and is preferable to enrol in after completion of the core introductory course ARTH 7001 or ARTH 7001OL and two elective courses.
  • 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
    Object Report  Formative and Summative

    During semester 

    25% 1, 2, 5 
    Research Proposal  Formative and Summative During semester 25% 3, 4, 5
    Research Essay  Formative and Summative  After semester 50% 1-6
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students must submit all assessment tasks to pass the course.
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment Task Description Word count
    Object Report Students will be required to write a formal analysis of a primary work of art. 1,000 words
    Research Proposal Students will be required to write a Research Proposal for the Research Essay that includes contextual discussion of the primary work of art, sample research questions, and a bibliography with annotations for key secondary sources. 1,000 words
    Research Essay  Students will be required to research and write an extended contextual essay on the primary work of art using an essay question that is negotiated with and approved by the Course Coordinator. 4,000 words
    Assessment tasks must be submitted using Turnitin on 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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