Subject 107-422 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2009.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: 2 contact hours/week, 8 additional hours/week. Total of 10 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Admission to the postgraduate diploma or fourth-year honours in art history.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Subject Overview: This subject proceeds from a historiographical survey of ‘Iconography’ as a defined field and method of study within the discipline of Art History. Using specific case-studies from Jewish, Early Christian, Medieval, Islamic, Renaissance, Australian Indigenous and Contemporary art, the subject moves beyond methodological reflection to consider the significance and agency of images at particular times and in particular places, and the transmission and transformations of motives or iconographic types. In this way, the subject aims both to: equip students with the practical skills of iconographic method by which to confidently place images within their broader social, political, cultural, theological or philosophical milieu; and to investigate ways in which iconography as a field and method remains relevant alongside and in conjunction with more recent developments in the study of visual art and culture.
Assessment: Written work totalling 5000 words. A minimum 75% attendance at tutorials is also expected as a hurdle requirement in order to pass this subject.
Prescribed Texts: A subject reader will be available.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be able to research through a competent use of libraries and other information sources, and be able to define areas of inquiry and methods of research appropriate to the preparation of essays;
  • be able to conceptualise theoretical problems, form judgements and arguments, and communicate critically, creatively and theoretically through essay writing, tutorial discussion and oral presentations;
  • be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically through essay writing and seminar discussion;
  • be able to manage and organise workloads for recommended reading and the completion of essays;
  • be able to participate in team work through involvement in syndicate groups and group discussions.
Related Course(s): Master of Art Curatorship (Coursework and Minor Thesis)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Art History
Art History
Art History

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