HAMAH-Forms of Art History Writing

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

Module Convenor: Dr Sue Malvern

Email: s.b.malvern@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module is designed to introduce students to the various forms of writing required of art historians such as the exhibition catalogue essays, the catalogue raisonne entry and the book or exhibition review.

This module aims to introduce students to independent research. It will aim to assist them with identifying topics appropriate to the length of essay involved and to a postgraduate level of study. It aims to bridge undergraduate study and introduce postgraduate level work. The module will aim to develop skills in developing research questions, identifying types of source material, and using them effectively. It further aims to develop skills in analysing and interpreting material, and synthesising these into a coherent account.

Assessable learning outcomes:
It is expected that students will be able to

  • identify topics and know their merits and limitations
  • research sources and bibliographies
  • analyse arguments and ideas
  • write coherently and succinctly to a chosen topic

Additional outcomes:
Students will demonstrate skills of organization and initiative, as well as interpersonal and negotiation skills. They will demonstrate the appropriate use of IT including on-line bibliographic resources.

Outline content:
Students will write one extended piece of advanced art historical writing, such as a catalogue entry on a work of art, artefact or building, an extended literature review of an issue, or problem in history of art and architecture, or an exegesis of the visual form and material qualities of a body of works of art or architecture. Format and topics of the written work will be developed in individual tutorials for which students will prepare material and outline the work in development. Students will be assigned an adviser. Students will attend the open research seminars hosted by History of Art, given by outside speakers and staff members in History of Art (normally four per term). There will be two follow-up seminars that will analyse the research methodology and aims of papers given.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Participation in open research seminars, additional seminars requiring preparatory reading, tutorials.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Tutorials 10
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:
Coursework: one 3,000 word essay.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
A mark of 50% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:
Coursework that does not bear a confirmed mark of 50% or more must be resubmitted by 1 September.

Last updated: 23 April 2014

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