Methods and Research in Art History
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Course Information from the University Catalog
Investigates theories, methods, and research strategies in discipline of art history. Designed for first-semester students in art history MA program; foundation for further graduate-level work in the program.
Section Information from the Schedule of Classes for Fall 2012
Methodology and Historiography in Art History —
Robert D. DeCaroli
04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M — Research Hall 201
This course examines the history of Art History as an area of study in order to identify shifts in practice and use of evidence over time. We will explore the ways in which scholars often say as much about the time they are writing in as they do about the times they are writing about. In order to accomplish this we will look at a variety of theoretical approaches including Formalism, Marxism, and Post-Modern Theories. We will also consider the ways in which scholars in the non-West have responded to these methodologies and to the cultural biases often contained within them. Students should be prepared to read critically, participate in discussions, make class presentations, and engage in research for the written assignments. This course is required and should be taken in the 1st semester of the program.