Theories of Art History

Subject 107-549 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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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 fourth-year honours in art history or Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Art History) or the Master of Art Curatorship.
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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Prof Jaynie Louise Anderson


Jaynie Anderson

Subject Overview: This subject examines the historiographical foundations, theoretical frameworks, and recent developments, of the discipline art history from the Renaissance to the present. It critically examines a range of methodological approaches to the interpretation of particular works of art, with an eye to their application in the student's own research projects.
  • have an understanding of the historiography of art history from the Renaissance onwards;
  • be able to critically engage with, and apply, competing methodological approaches in art history;
  • have an advanced understanding of the theoretical foundations of particular instances of art historical practice.
Assessment: A 1000 word classpaper 20% (due during the semester) and a 4000 word essay 80% (due during the examination period). A minimum 75% attendance is also expected as a hurdle requirement to pass the 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 the competent use of the library and other information sources, and be able to define areas of inquiry and methods of research in 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 presentations;
  • be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically through essay writing and tutorial discussion;
  • be able to manage and organise workloads for recommended reading, the completion of essays and assignments and examination revision;
  • 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)
Master of Arts in Art History (Advancd Seminars and Shorter Thesis)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Art History
Art History
Renaissance and Early Modern Studies

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