ARTH 7019OL - Renaissance Art in Northern Europe

Online - Semester 1 - 2022

This course examines the production of art in northern Europe between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries during the Renaissance, with a particular focus on Flanders and the Netherlands (the 'Low Countries'), Germany, Switzerland, and France. The invention of the printing press, impact of the Protestant Reformation, and cultural encounters with Italian Renaissance artists, patrons, and humanists provide a dynamic framework for interpreting works of art that contextualises innovations in materials and techniques and the development of new themes and genres in sacred and secular northern European art.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ARTH 7019OL
    Course Renaissance Art in Northern Europe
    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 Y
    Prerequisites ARTH 7001 or ARTH 7001OL for Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Art History only
    Incompatible ARTH 7019
    Assumed Knowledge ARTH 7001 or ARTH 7001OL
    Course Description This course examines the production of art in northern Europe between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries during the Renaissance, with a particular focus on Flanders and the Netherlands (the 'Low Countries'), Germany, Switzerland, and France. The invention of the printing press, impact of the Protestant Reformation, and cultural encounters with Italian Renaissance artists, patrons, and humanists provide a dynamic framework for interpreting works of art that contextualises innovations in materials and techniques and the development of new themes and genres in sacred and secular northern European 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 the artistic, social, and political contexts framing Northern Renaissance art. 
    2 Evaluate and synthesise art historical scholarship to develop insightful research questions and formulate independent arguments and logical conclusions in writing and speaking about art.
    3 Collaborate in small group discussions online to conceptualise and interrogate complex issues and ideas cooperatively.
    4 Employ professional standards of speaking and writing about art in preparation for higher-level studies and career pathways relating to Art History and Museum Studies.
    5 Engage with diverse material and digital objects with respect for past social and cultural standards of representation and current issues and ideas concerning reception.
    6 Analyse works of art formally as both primary material objects and reproductions in high-resolution digital images using specialist databases and disciplinary specific skills.
    7 Demonstrate the ability to discuss images and objects with objectivity and respect for different ways of seeing art.
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1, 2, 5, 6, 7

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    2, 3, 5, 6

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    3, 7

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    1-7

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    1, 7

    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.

    7

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    5, 6

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    3, 4, 7
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Prescribed weekly readings will be available on MyUni.
    Recommended Resources
    The following books offer useful background reading:

    • Chipps Smith, Jeffrey. The Northern Renaissance. London: Phaidon, 2004.
    • Harbison, Craig. The Art of the Northern Renaissance. London: Weidenfield and Nicolson, 1995.*
    • Harbison, Craig. The Mirror of the Artist. Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall, 1995*
    • Nash, Susie. Northern Renaissance Art. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.
    Same content.*
    Online Learning
    Tutorials are held on Zoom and all course materials are accessible on MyUni:

    • Pre-recorded lectures (Echo360)
    • Image PowerPoints
    • Announcements
    • Discussion board
    • Assessment task instructions
    • Assignment submission (Turnitin)
    • External resources (academic databases; museum and gallery websites; podcasts; youtubes)
    • BSL resources
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is conducted online using Zoom for fortnightly tutorials and MyUni for essential course resources and flexible self-directed learning. In addition, there will be one face-to-face learning experience during semester.
    Workload

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

    Structured Learning Online Total Hours
    1 x 1-hour lecture recording per week 12 hours 
    2 hours online activities  24 hours
    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
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 312 HOURS PER SEMESTER
    Learning Activities Summary
    Topic Schedule
    Week 1 Introduction to Course
    Week 2 Rethinking Northern Renaissance Art
    Week 3 Flemish art in the Fifteenth Century
    Week 4 From Altarpieces to Devotional Images
    Week 5 Portraits and Patrons
    Week 6 Pioneers of Printmaking
    Week 7 Germany and the Low Countries in the Sixteenth Century
    Week 8 Reformation and Iconoclasm
    Week 9 Swiss Art and War
    Week 10 Cultural Encounters North and South of the Alps
    Week 11 From Still Life to Landscape 
    Week 12 Course Conclusion 
    Specific Course Requirements
    N/A
  • 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
    Visual Analysis  Formative and Summative

    During semester

    20% 1, 4, 5, 7
    Case Study  Formative and Summative During semester  35% 1, 2, 4, 5
    Research Essay  Formative and Summative After semester 45% 1-7
    Assessment Related Requirements
    N/A
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment Task Description 
    Visual Analysis Students will be required to write a comparative visual analysis of two works of art (1,000 words).
    Case Study Students will be required to write a short essay on a prescribed thematic case study (1,500 words).
    Research Essay Students will be required to write a Research essay on a negotiated topic related to the course content for approval by the Course Coordinator (3,500 words).
    Submission
    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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