Writing About Art

The American College of Greece

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Writing About Art

  • Host University

    The American College of Greece

  • Location

    Athens, Greece

  • Area of Study

    Art History, Creative Writing

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    AT 1001 LE History of Art II

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Introduction to the academic writing specific to the discipline of art history.

    The course introduces students to art historical research and the analysis of scholarly sources in terms of information and argumentation. According to the topic chosen each time, students will familiarize themselves with different types of relevant art historical resources (such as dictionaries, books, articles). They will be trained to retrieve information and scholarly views from primary and secondary sources as to create an argument of their own. The course provides the basis for textual analysis of scholarly sources, further research at levels 5 and 6 and writing in the discipline at all levels.

    Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
    1. Identify and summarize an argument from a scholarly source, demonstrating understanding of scholarly argumentation;
    2. Demonstrate ability to undertake research and select relevant primary and secondary sources;
    3. Analyse scholarly sources and construct an argument in a scholarly context.

    In congruence with the teaching and learning strategy of the college, the following tools are used:
    1. Scheduled visits to DEREE College Library: Workshops by library personnel and instructor on retrieval of scholarly sources.
    2. Combined formal lectures with in class group discussions of assigned material: primary and secondary sources.
    3. Library assignments, which will typically include: methods of retrieving further reading material (for example working from articles back to books), and identification of key sources in secondary literature. (formative)
    4. Drafts of Summative Assessment: Annotated Bibliography and Research Paper. These assignments will be commented on by the instructor and revised by the student. (formative)
    5. Oral presentation of guided research paper (formative).
    6. Use of a Blackboard site, where instructors post relevant course material, assignment instructions and additional resources. 


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