HA2ST-Study Trip Abroad

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

Module Convenor: Dr Simon Lee

Email: s.lee@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module involves a week long supervised study trip to a major European art centre. While abroad students see and experience art and architecture at first hand and also benefit from the knowledge and expertise of accompanying academic staff. Recent centres have included Berlin, Madrid, Vienna, Munich, Paris and Venice.

This module aims to give students the opportunity to study art and architecture in situ, because first-hand experience of works of art is an essential part of history of art as a discipline. The course aims to promote awareness of the qualities of art and architecture that slides and illustrations cannot convey - size, space, texture, interrelationship of parts, lighting and environment etc.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:

  • carry out an effective independent visual analysis of works of art and architecture they have inspected at first hand
  • appreciate the variety of circumstances and conditions under which art and architecture are produced and consumed and be able to relate this to the particular characteristics of the works studied
  • form arguments about the function of art from differing periods
  • form considered points of view on the culture and environment of a major European artistic centre
  • access and use information on such things as materials, techniques, patronage, and national schools independently
  • organize material into effective and coherent written arguments

Additional outcomes:
This module promotes the development of visual and research skills. Library resources are used as well as IT skills to access data. There are some opportunities for foreign language practice.

Outline content:
The study trip abroad lasts 7 days and normally takes place at either the end of the autumn or spring terms of Year 2. A major artistic centre abroad is chosen and students visit museums, galleries, churches, and architectural sites according to a programme devised and organised by staff. Works of art and architecture are studied at first-hand in staff-led tours and prescribed independent visits.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
One or two preliminary one-hour lectures in Reading prior to going abroad. While abroad the most important visits are compulsory and take the form of tutor-led presentations and discussions in museums and galleries. Students also attend a specified number of optional guided visits and are expected to carry out a number of tasks on their own initiative for which written guidance and instructions are given.
Students should budget £400 to cover the costs of travel and accommodation as well as a daily maintenance rate of £30-40.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 2
External visits 48
Guided independent study 120 30
Total hours by term 170.00 30.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
Three pieces of written work are submitted: Two 1,000 word observational tasks based on works of art and architecture experienced at first hand and a 2,000 word synoptic essay covering the cultural significance of aspects of the particular centre visited. Each piece of work is weighted at 33%.

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:

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

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment arrangements:
    If a student has participated in the study trip, and failed coursework, these elements must be resubmitted by 22nd August. If a student has failed to participate in the study trip for good reason, they must submit adequate documentation of their circumstances and attend the study trip and complete the coursework in the following year.

    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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