ARTH 600: Methods and Research in Art History

ARTH 600-001: Historiography and Methodology in Art History
(Fall 2022)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM R

Hanover Hall L003

Section Information for Fall 2022

This course will examine the history and methods of Art History. We will study how Art History has emerged as a discipline and look at the different approaches that scholars have taken when discussing and analyzing art. In doing so, we will consider the kinds of questions art historians ask, the evidence they use, the assumptions or arguments they employ, the perspectives they embrace. As we read key works in the discipline and discuss them, we will be paying attention not just to what the author says, but how the argument is made. We will also investigate how the historical context of a writer can affect the approach an art historian employs. Through readings and discussion, students will learn about methods like formalism, iconography, social history and semiotics, and how these approaches can be used as tools in looking at art. Students will also learn how different lenses, like gender, race, and globalism have changed Art History as a discipline, and how to use these perspectives in their own work. Students will be expected to complete weekly reading, prepare for and engage in class discussion, present research, and submit written assignments. 

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

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. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Admission to the Art History MA program.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Junior Plus, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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