Art, Market and Methods

Subject AHIS20018 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - 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

On Campus

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2.5 A 1.5-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial per week.
Total Time Commitment: 102
Prerequisites: Completion of 12.5 points of first-year Art History or one of the Faculty of Arts' Interdisciplinary Foundation (IDF) subjects.
Corequisites: none
Recommended Background Knowledge: n/a
Non Allowed Subjects: 106-241 Materials and Techniques of Art; 107-031/670-347 Art and the Market: Then and Now.
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Description, Course Objectives and Generic Skills of this entry.
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Dr Christopher Marshall


Christopher Marshall

Subject Overview:

This subject deals with the creation and the reception of the work of art. It commences in 15th century Italy with an examination of the organisation of artists' workshops and concludes by analysing the relationships between contemporary artists, their materials and markets. Topics in the subject are varied but will focus around certain key issues: the changing status of the artist, the determination of authenticity and value, and the role of materials and markets in the construction of meaning.


Students who complete this subject should:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the changing role of artists and art objects within society;
  • demonstrate an understanding of issues raised by the creation and reception of works of art from the Renaissance to the present day;
  • be familiar with the ethical and theoretical issues raised by the authentication and valuation of works of art;
  • develop oral skills for the discussion of the physical and commercial aspects of the work of art and develop skills in essay writing relevant to this subject;
  • develop skills in research with the specialist primary and secondary source material in this subject.
Assessment: A 300 word exercise 20% (due during the semester), a 2000 word research essay 40% (due during the semester), and a 1700 word take home examination 40% (due in the examination period). A minimum 75% attendance at tutorials is expected as a hurdle requirement in order to submit assessment to pass the subject. Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved formal extension will be penalised at 2% per day. Students who fail to submit up to 2-weeks after the final due date without a formal extension and special consideration will receive a fail grade for the piece of assessment.
Prescribed Texts:

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Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject should:

  • 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 revisions;
  • be able to participate in team work through involvement in syndicate groups and group discussions.
Notes: Students who have completed 107-031 or 670-347 Art and the Market: Then and Now or 106-241 Materials and Techniques of Art are not eligible to enrol in this subject.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Art History
Art History
Art History
Art History Major

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