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ARTV409 Histories of Art

What is art history? What are its premises? Where did it come from? This paper examines the historical foundations of the discipline and the diverse range of contemporary methodological approaches.

Histories of Art investigates the approaches scholars and critics have developed from art history's emergence as a distinct intellectual discipline to the present. This paper is not a comprehensive survey, but rather an intensive and critical examination of key approaches within the field of art history, which will provide students solid understanding of their discipline and a greater self-awareness concerning the application of its methods.

This paper prepares advanced art history students for independent study in their honours year, providing both a continuation and solidification of earlier coursework. Through discussion of a series of historical and contemporary texts, students explore a variety of historical and theoretical issues in art history, criticism, and visual studies. We examine various methodological approaches and issues, including biography, connoisseurship, formalism, iconography, semiotics, social and new art histories, feminism, visual and cultural studies, institutional critique, post-colonialism, and geography.

Paper title Histories of Art
Paper code ARTV409
Subject Art History and Visual Culture
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2020
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,142.40
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,661.93

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54 300-level ARTH, ARTV or VISC points
ARTH 324, ARTH 424, ARTV 309
May not be credited together with ARTH 319 or ARTH 414 passed in 2006.

To be advised when paper next offered.

Teaching staff

To be advised when paper next offered.

Teaching Arrangements
Taught by lecture and discussion.
Course materials will be made available electronically.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Scholarship, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Transform students from passive readers of art history to active art historians engaged in the further development of the field
  • Review the career paths available for students of art history and theory
  • Prepare students for the pursuit of more advanced research at the honours and postgraduate levels

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Not offered in 2020

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
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