HA2CR-Prospects for Art Historians

Module Provider: History
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:5
Terms in which taught: Summer term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2014/5

Module Convenor: Dr Paul Davies

Email: p.davies@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module is designed to encourage students to reflect on their degree progress so far and to set themselves targets for Part 3, particularly with regard to career prospects beyond the degree. It aims to enhance the employability of our students by introducing students to the full range of career opportunities for students taking History of Art, by providing them with a set of appropriate skills to make job applications and present themselves effectively and confidently to prospective employers. It will also equip them with a range of relevant transferable skills.

Aims:
This module is designed to encourage students to reflect on their degree progress so far and to set themselves targets for Part 3, particularly with regard to career prospects beyond the degree. It aims to enhance the employability of our students by introducing students to the full range of career opportunities for students taking History of Art, by providing them with a set of appropriate skills to make job applications and present themselves effectively and confidently to prospective employers. It will also equip them with a range of relevant transferable skills.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Having successfully completed this module, students will be able to:
•Recognise and be able to write an effective application tailored to the needs of a particular job and informed by an understanding of the recruitment and selection process
•Develop careers-information retrieval, research and decision making skills, using a variety of sources (including the internet)
•Demonstrate skills in some of the fundamentals of research: organising data, compiling bibliographies, rigorous structuring of research findings and other writing skills

Additional outcomes:


Students will be able to:
•Place their chosen areas of study in the wider context of art-historical scholarship
•Identify both the interests and skills they have acquired during their undergraduate and articulate reasons for their choices in the context of career decision-making
•Make decisions about their careers based on understanding the broader trends in the graduate labour market
•Use the internet effectively to facilitate and enhance their career prospects

Outline content:
Four sessions are delivered by the Department of Art, one by alumni and 2 by SEECC
1. The value and role of Art History in contemporary society
2. Briefing from university careers service
3. Writing skills and relevance to job-applications
4. Research skills and relevance to job applications
5. Using your degree and art-historical knowledge to good effect
6. Talks by recent alumni on their career paths
7. Peer-review of CVs

Global context:
Brief Descriptions of teaching and learning methods
Sessions 1-4 and 6 are informal lectures with built-in discussion. Sessions 5 and 7 are discussions. Students are expected to undertake some research in preparation for their job application and for the literature review.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 8
Seminars 2
Guided independent study 90
       
Total hours by term 100.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
1. A job study (c 1000 words) combined with a job application, including CV, due by 2pm on the last day of Part 2 Summer term (50%).
2. A literature survey (1000-2000 words) in relation to a chosen part 3 module, due by 2pm on the Friday for week 1 Autumn term (50%)

Formative assessment methods:
Students will also have the opportunity of a one-to-one session with a careers adviser.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    N/A

    Requirements for a pass:
    40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Resubmission by 22nd August.

    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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