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HA7050 Research Methods in Art History

This module introduces students to the principal sources and methodologies applicable for advanced study in the history of art and provides an overview of the conceptual underpinnings of the discipline. The first semester focuses on analysis of writing about art history. The second semester concentrates on developing research, presentation and writing skills.
  • Module Organiser:
    • Dr Peter Cherry
  • Contact Hours:
    • 2 hours per week (both terms)
  • Weighting:
    • 20 ECTS
  • Assessment:
    • This module will be assessed by the submission of a term essay at the end of Michaelmas term. Essays should be between 3,500 and 5,000 words in length, excluding footnotes and bibliography. Term essays are due for submission by 5.00pm on the last Friday of Michaelmas term as per the essay submission guidelines.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Identify and critically discuss the theoretical frameworks that underpin Art History as a discipline
  • Critically assess the historiography of individual art historical research topics
  • Assess the strengths and weaknesses of key Irish art collections
  • Critically discuss the principal digital media for the dissemination of art and architecture
  • Design and produce digital research posters
  • Conduct a literature review, identify a research topic, and select appropriate methodology for its investigation
  • Orally present a research project proposal and initial research findings in an appropriate scholarly and accessible manner