Theories of Art History

Subject AHIS90006 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

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

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2
Total Time Commitment:



Admission to the postgraduate diploma or fourth year honours in art history, Master of Art Curatorship, Master of Art in Art History (Advanced Seminar or Shorter Thesis).



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Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject examines the historiographical foundations, theoretical frameworks, and recent developments, of the discipline of 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.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete this subject will:

  • 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; and
  • have an advanced understanding of the theoretical foundations of particular instances of art historical practice.

A 1000 word class paper 20% (due during the semester), and a 4000 word essay 80% (due in the examination period). Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% (or 10 out of 12) classes in order to qualify to have their written work assessed. Any student who fails to meet this hurdle without valid reason will not be eligible to pass the subject. All required written work must be submitted in order to pass the subject. Essays submitted after the due date without an extension will be penalised 2% per day. Essays submitted after two weeks of the assessment due date without a formally approved application for special consideration or an extension will only be marked on a pass/fail basis if accepted.

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:

Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • 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; and
  • be able to participate in team work through involvement in syndicate groups and group discussions.
Related Course(s): Master of Arts in Art History (Advanced Seminars and Shorter Thesis)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of Art Curatorship
100 Point Master of Arts in Professional and Applied Ethics
150 Point Master of Art Curatorship (Coursework and Minor Thesis)
200 Point Master of Art Curatorship (Coursework and Minor Thesis)
200 points Master of Arts in Professional and Applied Ethics
Art History
Art History

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