• Class Number 2568
  • Term Code 3330
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Keren Hammerschlag
    • Dr Keren Hammerschlag
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 20/02/2023
  • Class End Date 26/05/2023
  • Census Date 31/03/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
    • Mark Shepheard
    • Sarah Hodge
SELT Survey Results

This course introduces key concepts and methods in the history of art and design. You will explore how images and objects shape ways of seeing, imagining and knowing the world, and consider how they establish cultural meaning through material, form and ideas. Art and design—primarily from Europe, Asia and Australia—will be considered in terms of cultural beliefs, social meaning, historical experience and systems of knowledge. Focussing on the themes of time and place, the course will examine with cultural practices in terms of history (context, continuity, change), knowledge (reason, imagination, belief), meaning (mediums, symbols, aesthetics) and experience (materiality, subjectivity, sociality).

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. identify and apply the principal methodologies of art history and theory;
  2. analyse the visual, historical and theoretical aspects of a broad range of visual culture;
  3. identify major cultural themes and historical paths in World art;
  4. research and access information about art history and theory; and
  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

Lectures will be given by guest presenters on topics that relate to their areas of research expertise.

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 2 Lectures (50 min each): Histories of Art: Origins The European Canon; Art History and Archaeology: Pre-History and the Bronze Age. Plus 1 x 1 hour tutorial.
2 2 Lectures (50 min each): Classical Antiquity: Form and Pattern Classical Antiquity; Art and the Everyday in the Ancient World. Plus 1 x 1 hour tutorial.
3 2 Lectures (50 min each): The Sacred and the Secular Medieval Art and Culture; Renaissance Narratives. Plus 1 x 1 hour tutorial.
4 2 Lectures (50 min each): New Perspectives Renaissance Single-Point Perspective; Renaissance Portraiture. Plus 1 x 1 hour tutorial. Assessment No.1 Due 16 March
5 2 Lectures (50 min each): Trade and Exchange The Dutch Golden Age; Diplomatic Objects and the Art of Gift Giving. Plus 1 x 1 hour tutorial.
6 2 Lectures (50 min each): Art’s Insiders Court Culture; The Academy. Plus 1 x 1 hour tutorial.
7 2 Lectures (50 min each): Material Cultures Metals and Society; Fabric. Plus 1 x 1 hour tutorial.
8 2 Lectures (50 min each): Exploration and Exploitation Enlightenment Science and the Atlantic Slave Trade; Encounters on the Frontier. Plus 1 x 1 hour tutorial. Assessment No.2 Due 27 April
9 2 Lectures (50 min each): Imagining the Other / Confronting the Self. Essay Writing Skills; The Gothic Imagination. Plus 1 x 1 hour tutorial.
10 2 Lectures (50 min each): The Built Environment and the Objects Contained Within. Museums, Collections and the World; Shwedagon Pagoda. Plus 1 x 1 hour tutorial.
11 2 Lectures (50 min each): Country, Place and the Environment Landscape Painting and the Industrial Revolution; ‘Murrudha'. Plus 1 x 1 hour tutorial.
12 2 Lectures (50 min each): 'The Pencil of Nature': Verisimilitude, Technology and Art. The Birth of Photography; Photography in Colonial Australia. Plus 1 x 1 hour tutorial.
13 Assessment No.3 Due 2 June

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Research Questionnaire 25 % 16/03/2023 1,2,3,4,5
Research Essay 40 % 27/04/2023 1,2,3,4,5
Take-Home Test 25 % 02/06/2023 1,2,3,4,5

* 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 Integrity 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 Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

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.


10% of the overall grade is participation. This involves participating in class activities and discussions, and responding to readings and reading questions.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 16/03/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Research Questionnaire

This exercise is designed to introduce students to essential research tools that they will use to support the development of essays, class presentations and other forms of academic writing. It introduces them to the reference system set out in the Chicago Manual of Style. It encourages them to assess various resources and distinguish between general sources (such as Wikipedia) and those that support research of a university standard. The questionnaire uses a series of simple exercises and questions to guide students to resources (library catalogues, searchable databases, museums, reference works) that they will regularly use during their study at ANU.


CriteriaFailPassCreditDistinctionHigh Distinction


Research tasks incomplete or incorrect (in relation to specific number and kind of sources required by exercise)

Adequate range of research sources

Relies on internet sites (blogs, journalism, aggregators) rather than scholarly publications

Good range of references but missing key sources

Sources support address to questions but are primarily reported information

Wide range of sources consulted

Shows good level of skill in using research resources

Shows understanding of how sources support address to questions

Thoroughly researched, consulting all the major sources

Shows independent perspective and initiative in identifying and using research resources


Lacks any argument and does not address the terms of the essay question

The terms of the question are addressed but argument tends to observation and impression

Does not develop an independent perspective on the topic

Argument is not forcefully stated or developed

Clearly stated argument which addresses the terms of the question purposefully

Argument developed in a systematic structure of proposition, evidence and conclusion

Argument tends to report or summarise opinion

Strong argument that presents a wide range of convincing points

The argument is proposed directly and is consistently addressed

Argument developed in a systematic structure of proposition, evidence and conclusion

Highly sophisticated and lucid argument that addresses the essay question comprehensively and insightfully

The argument develops an independent perspective on the question, supported by astute use of evidence and analysis


Does not discuss relevant art work

Visual analysis tends to be general or impressionistic. Too reliant on summary of published sources.

Visual analysis is targeted and structured in its reporting. The reader is effectively directed towards key elements of the art work.

Visual analysis is purposeful, coherent and effectively communicates key characteristics of the art work

Visual analysis is astute and independent, with a strong sense of engagement and inquiry


Little or no structure of argument and analysis

Disconnected observations, impressions or reporting of material

A simple arrangement of ideas into a basic address to the questions

Usually remains focused on the topic

Clear organisation of ideas, with key components (observations, analysis, conclusion) evident

Remains focused on the topic

Strong organization with a purposeful structure, direct statement of observations and analysis

Systematic address to the terms of the questionnaire

Excellent organisation

Logical succession of observations and ideas

A sense of an independent voice and agenda


Poorly written with many spelling and grammatical errors

Adequately written essay

Usually correct grammar and spelling

Well written.

Usually correct grammar and spelling

Fluently written

Minimal grammatical and spelling errors

Highly articulate and written in an eloquent style

Comprehension enhanced by grammar and spelling


Inadequate referencing

No use of the Chicago Style Manual

Adequate referencing but with some mistakes and inconsistencies

Use of the Chicago Style Manual

Good referencing with few mistakes

Use of the Chicago Style Manual

Careful referencing almost no mistakes

Use of the Chicago Style Manual

Meticulous referencing

Use of the Chicago Style Manual

Assessment Task 2

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 27/04/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Research Essay

2,000 words. Students will select and respond to an essay question from a list provided. The questions will relate to topics, issues and art works raised in lectures, class readings and discussions. An effective essay will develop an informed and focused argument, supported by convincing evidence, robust research sources and formal academic citation (quotations, footnotes, illustrations, bibliography or list of references). The discussion should be supported by an engagement with relevant scholarship—academic studies such as books and journal articles, not websites, blogs and journalism.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 02/06/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Take-Home Test

1,000 words. This task will seek ideas and reflections on topics, themes and art works examined throughout the semester, prompted by questions and based on art works seen in class. The exam paper will include a set question or questions that nominate a topic, and invite students to explore it in a nominated art work. Both the topic and the art works will have been raised in lectures, classes and readings. The exercise invites synthesis (drawing together ideas, information, evidence), reflection (developing an overview, identifying key ideas or methods), and visual analysis (observing, describing, pointing to). It is not a research exercise and does not require the scholarly apparatus of footnotes and bibliography.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

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) 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

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. 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.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted 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.

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 Keren Hammerschlag

Research Interests

Victorian Art and Visual Culture, Visual Medical Humanities

Dr Keren Hammerschlag

Tuesday 14:30 15:30
By Appointment
Dr Keren Hammerschlag

Research Interests

Dr Keren Hammerschlag

Tuesday 14:30 15:30
By Appointment
Mark Shepheard

Research Interests

Mark Shepheard

By Appointment
Sarah Hodge

Research Interests

Sarah Hodge

By Appointment

Responsible Officer: Registrar, Student Administration / Page Contact: Website Administrator / Frequently Asked Questions