HA2DD-Distance and difference: perspectives on art, architecture and visual culture

Module Provider: History
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:5
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2014/5

Module Convenor: Dr Rachel Garfield

Email: r.s.garfield@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module aims to develop students' critical awareness of different approaches to the study of art, architecture and visual culture generally. It will introduce them to various ideas and issues which underpin the history of art and architecture and which will cut across the subject areas and periods they encounter in their part 2 optional modules. It will provide a number of focuses on key questions in the study of art, architecture and visual culture, and demonstrate how enquiry into the subject is dynamic, not static, encompassing various, sometimes conflicting, perspectives and ideas. This module will aim to show that history of art's objects of study are always provisional and that its focuses of enquiry are permanently open-ended.

Aims:
This module aims to develop students' critical awareness of different approaches to the study of art, architecture and visual culture generally. It will introduce them to various ideas and issues which underpin the history of art and architecture and which will cut across the subject areas and periods they encounter in their part 2 optional modules. It will provide a number of focuses on key questions in the study of art, architecture and visual culture, and demonstrate how enquiry into the subject is dynamic, not static, encompassing various, sometimes conflicting, perspectives and ideas. This module will aim to show that history of art's objects of study are always provisional and that its focuses of enquiry are permanently open-ended.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:
-identify and explain some key questions current in history of art and its interdisciplinary aspects
-organize their material and articulate their arguments effectively both orally and in writing
-work as part of a team, organizing and delegating activities and supporting each others learning
-identify and critically appraise literature and other sources relevant to the subject

Additional outcomes:
The module also aims to encourage the development of oral communication skills and the student's ability to participate in group discussions and to work as a member of a team

Outline content:
The module will be organised as a sequence of five week blocks, each exploring an idea, focus or line of enquiry pertinent to history of art and its current emphases. Each block will be introduced in two or three lectures followed by seminars discussing key texts, including those which represent distinctive or innovative or unexpected ways of thinking about art, architecture or visual culture.
Examples of a five week focus include themes, topics and ideas such as:
Visualising difference: Islam and the Mediterranean
Then and now: shifting perspectives on art, craft and photography
Artistic identity and institutions: artists' personas, disciplinary frameworks
Visual display: showing and looking, the West and its others
Materials/media: copies and originals, reproductions and authenticity

In the final five weeks of the course, students will give short group presentations resulting from an enquiry they have conducted as a team into one of the themes or ideas introduced in the first fifteen weeks

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures, seminars and group discussions and team presentations

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10 5
Tutorials 5 10
Guided independent study 85 85
       
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 40
Project output other than dissertation 60

Other information on summative assessment:
Coursework
Two 2000 words essays in Autumn and Spring terms to be submitted by the end of the first week of the term following.

One group presentation in the second half of the Spring term.

Formative assessment methods:

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:
    None

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination in August / September. Coursework will be carried forward if it bears a mark of 40% or more overall. Otherwise element(s) must be resubmitted by 22nd August.

    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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