ARTH 7015A - Research Project in Art History Part 1

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020

The dissertation/exhibition project must be up to 18000 words in length, or equivalent. It can be a thesis by research or a project. A project might take the form of working to a brief negotiated jointly with the program coordinator and the Gallery. For example, it might comprise the work required to mount an exhibition, prepare a catalogue, feature a particular part of the collection or research work in the Art Gallery's collection. Depending on the proposed area of interest, one or two supervisors may be allocated to supervise the dissertation (by thesis or project) and they may be from the University, the Gallery or both. There may be instances where an outside supervisor is co-opted.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ARTH 7015A
    Course Research Project in Art History Part 1
    Coordinating Unit Art History
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites Successful completion of GDipArtHist with Credit average
    Restrictions Available to MA(StArtHist) students only
    Course Description The dissertation/exhibition project must be up to 18000 words in length, or equivalent. It can be a thesis by research or a project. A project might take the form of working to a brief negotiated jointly with the program coordinator and the Gallery. For example, it might comprise the work required to mount an exhibition, prepare a catalogue, feature a particular part of the collection or research work in the Art Gallery's collection. Depending on the proposed area of interest, one or two supervisors may be allocated to supervise the dissertation (by thesis or project) and they may be from the University, the Gallery or both. There may be instances where an outside supervisor is co-opted.
    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 completion of this course students will be able to: 

    1 Demonstrate specialist knowledge and understanding of principal methods and theories of Art History.
    2 Analyse, interpret and contextualise works of art within scholarly discussion. 
    3 Use disciplinary specific terminology and apply critical skills in thinking and communication. 
    4 Conduct independent and sustained research using appropriate digital tools.
    5 Articulate an argumentative perspective in writing that demonstrates a coherent hypothesis. 
    6 Produce a short thesis based on original research. 
    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
    2, 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
    3, 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
    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, 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
    1-6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    As this is the first part of a short thesis conducted under academic supervision, there are no prescribed readings for the course. Students are expected to build a bibliography based on their area of research.

    Recommended Resources
    The following books are useful for familiarising yourself with some of the core concepts and current concerns in the discipline of Art History:

    D'Alleva, Anne. Methods and Theories of Art History. London: Laurence King Publishing, 2012.

    Hatt, Michael and Charlotte Klonk, Art History: A Critical Introduction to its Methods. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2006.

    Nelson, Robert and Richard Shiff, Critical Terms for Art History. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003. 

    Newall, Diana and Grant Pooke, Art History: The Basics. New York; London: Routledge, 2008. [eBook] 
    Online Learning
    Resources and structured learning activities on thesis research and writing are provided on MyUni. 
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is the first part of a short thesis. While there are no lectures or tutorials, students are expected to complete weekly structured learning activities on MyUni and meet with your academic supervisor regularly.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Self-Directed Learning Total Hours 
    Structured online learning activities 36 hours 
    Independent Research and Writing 200 hours
    Supervision  76 hours
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 312 HOURS PER SEMESTER
    Learning Activities Summary
    Please consult MyUni for your Thesis Progress Timeline requirements. 
    Specific Course Requirements
    The structured online learning activities on MyUni and academic supervision meetings are compulsory requirements of the 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
    Your supervisor will provide formative feedback (non-assessed) on structured online learning activities on MyUni and chapter drafts.
    The final thesis will be assessed by two examiners who have not been involved in supervision.
    At least one examiner will be external to the University of Adelaide. 
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students must submit chapter drafts and the final thesis draft using Turnitin on MyUni before completion of the final thesis for examination (instructions are provided on MyUni). 

    Assessment Detail
    Please find instructions on MyUni.
    Submission
    Please find instructions on MyUni. 
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    NOG (No Grade Associated)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing

    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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