• Class Number 3401
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Chaitanya Sambrani
    • Dr Chaitanya Sambrani
    • Dr Keren Hammerschlag
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

This course will introduce key concepts in art history and art theory by examining how images and objects produce ways of seeing and knowing the world,  and by discussing how they construct and perpetuate cultural meaning through narrative, space and form. The Western classical tradition will be a particular focus, along with contrasting periods and styles including the Gothic, Baroque and Rococo, and non-Western art and design. The relevance of historical art to contemporary concerns and art practice will be a consistent theme of the course considered through a wide range of media,  including digital media, film, and architecture.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Identify and apply the defining methodologies of art history and theory.
  2. Analyze the visual and theoretical aspects of a broad range of visual culture.
  3. Identify major themes and trajectories in World art.
  4. Research and access information about art history and theory.
  5. Present written and oral arguments about the ideas that inform art and design from a wide range of periods and cultures.

Research-Led Teaching

Most lecturers from the Centre for Art History and Art Theory will offer lectures during this semester. Each individual will speak from a position of research expertise based on their substantial experience in the field.

Field Trips

Attending an exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia.

Additional Course Costs

Materials necessary for producing essays and tutorial presentations.

Required Resources

No resources additional to the student contribution amount or tuition fees.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course: written comments on essays and other written assessment, verbal comments to the whole class, to groups and to individuals, as required and appropriate.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Referencing Guidelines for essay writing and further information on how and why to cite your sources can be found at: http://art-cass.anu.edu.au/current_students/referenceguide.php

Information about how to upload your assignments on to WATTLE can be found here: http://cass.anu.edu.au/intranet/eds/resources

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 What is Art History and Theory? The birth of the art museum Tutorials begin
2 Australian First Nations visual art and culture pre-contact Art in Ancient Greece and Rome Research Questionnaire posted on Wattle
3 Art and aesthetics in ancient India and China Classical art in East Asia
4 Christian art in Europe Islamic art and architecture Research Questionnaire due
5 Renaissance painting The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood Tutorials at National Gallery of Australia
6 Baroque and Rococo Design and decorative arts of the European Courts Research Questionnaire returned Essay questions posted on Wattle
7 Mughal art and architecture Art and architecture in Southeast Asia
8 Art, science and trade in Britain and the Americas (17th and 18th centuries) Neo-classicism and history painting in Europe
9 Decorative art and design in the 19th century Exploration and the art of contact Essay due
10 Realism Impressionism
11 Lens and plate: art and the birth of mass media Settler and colonial art in Australia Essay returned
12 Course summation: historical traditions and modern practice
13 Exam period Take-Home Exam

Tutorial Registration

Students must register for one of the available tutorial times via Wattle

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Tutorial Presentation 15 % 12/03/2019 04/07/2019 4,5
Research Questionnaire 25 % 19/03/2019 02/04/2019 1,4,5
Take-home visual analysis exam 25 % 11/06/2019 21/06/2019 2,3,5
Research Essay 35 % 07/05/2019 21/05/2019 1,2,4,5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


This course does not require a formal examination. A take-home examination is required.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 12/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 4,5

Tutorial Presentation

Details of task:

Student presentations will begin in tutorials from week 3 onwards. Select a particular object, or small set of objects, and explore some of the key historical and theoretical ideas relating to it. The set reading and further readings supplied on Wattle provide a good starting point for you to research the object, and additional readings will ensure that you are well informed and better able to answer questions from your peers.

You might like to choose a work in the National Gallery collection, one that is either currently on display or in the permanent collection that can be accessed online through Collection search. https://nga.gov.au/

The presentations will be informal and should not be read from a script. They can take any form you choose, and you can be as creative as you like – you may wish to lead discussion by posing a series of leading questions, set a pop quiz, devise visual analysis exercises for the class, or you may set a broad polemical question to challenge entrenched ideas about your object(s). You will be assessed on how well you engage the class as a whole and stimulate lively debate and discussion around key ideas raised in the course.

Value: 15%

Presentation requirements: see details of task above.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 19/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 02/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,4,5

Research Questionnaire

Details of task:

This exercise is designed to establish some basic research patterns which you will use in the future and to assist you in distinguishing between websites associated with legitimate institutions (which contain much useful material) and others that are not legitimate. Complete a PDF questionnaire that requires you to find information about one of the objects listed. The questionnaire can be downloaded via Wattle. Note that all references and the bibliography should be set out according to the Chicago style:


Word limit (where applicable): 1,000 words

Value: 25%

Presentation requirements: complete questionnaire on Wattle and submit by 19 March

Estimated return date: 2 April

Hurdle Assessment requirements (where applicable): N/A

Individual Assessment in Group Tasks (where applicable): N/A

Assessment Task 3

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 11/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 21/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,5

Take-home visual analysis exam

Details of task: You will be given one week to answer three questions framed around objects, images, buildings, and themes from the course. The first two of these questions

will ask you to compare and contrast two specified works of art and/or architecture studied in the course.

You will be required to answer these questions focusing on the object, image, or space crafting your response with careful visual analysis to demonstrate the key skills of visual literacy that you have acquired over the previous weeks. The third question will ask you to address a particular theme or idea discussed in the course through the analysis of an artwork, building or monument of your choice. This exam is intended to test your skills of visual analysis. It is not a research exercise and does not require the scholarly apparatus of footnotes and bibliography. If, however, you do quote from another source then you should provide a footnote to indicate this.

The questions will be released through the course Wattle page on:

As this is an exam no extensions will be granted and late submission will not be accepted.

Due date: 11 June

Estimated return date: 21 June

Word limit (where applicable): 1500 words

Value: 25%

Presentation requirements: upload to WATTLE

Assessment Task 4

Value: 35 %
Due Date: 07/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 21/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4,5

Research Essay

Details of task: Essay topics will be based upon the Research Questionnaire. Your essay must include a bibliography, and notes citing the sources of all quotations, paraphrases, and references to specific ideas and arguments. Essays should be 2000 words long.

Essays will be assessed according to the criteria set out in the rubric attached to this document and posted under this document on Wattle.

The essay should demonstrate skills you have developed over the semester and your ability to research, observe, analyse and construct arguments in relation to visual materials. Your essay must answer the question in the form of an argument.

Thorough iconographic and visual analysis of artworks, buildings, or objects should be the major source of evidence to support your argument. However, it is important to write a tight and informed argument, rather than a broad overview of a theme, so you should focus on a few key works in depth (rather than trying to cover an artist’s oeuvre or a whole period). Essays much be formatted in 12 point font, and double-spaced. You must cite the sources of your ideas with footnotes, and a bibliography.

Assessment Rubrics: Assessment Rubric available on WATTLE.

Word limit: 2,000 words

Value: 35%

Presentation requirements: upload to WATTLE

Estimated return date: 14 May

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.'

Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Work submitted electronically will be responded to on Wattle.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Students who fail to score a pass, but are marked between 45 and 49% will have the opportunity to resubmit.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Chaitanya Sambrani

Research Interests

Modern and contemporary art in Asia; art and nationhood; relationships between tradition and contemporaneity; art and urban development

Dr Chaitanya Sambrani

Tuesday 13:00 15:00
Tuesday 13:00 15:00
Dr Chaitanya Sambrani

Research Interests

Dr Chaitanya Sambrani

Tuesday 13:00 15:00
Tuesday 13:00 15:00
Dr Keren Hammerschlag

Research Interests

Dr Keren Hammerschlag

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