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ART 2AT3 Art Today

Academic Year: Fall 2017

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Sally McKay

Email: smckay@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 417

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23675

Website:

Office Hours: Wednesdays 10:30- 11:30, TSH 417



Course Objectives:

This course will introduce students to contemporary Canadian and International artists working today across a broad range of disciplines. Through lectures, class discussions, readings and independent research projects, students will develop research skills and gain both broad and detailed understandinsg of key themes and concepts currently addressed in contemporary art discourse.


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

A document listing weekly required readings will be posted on Avenue to Learn. All readings will available online, in the McMaster Library collection or placed on library reserve.


Method of Assessment:

Note: Students will have received at least 10% of their grade for this course by November 10th.

 

• Participation (15%)

This class is comprised of an interdisciplinary mix of students from different programs with a focus on collaboration, peer-peer knowledge sharing and student-directed learning. For this reason, it is of utmost importance that everyone participate fully by attending all classes and remaining welcoming and open to points of view that differ from our own. The atmosphere of the classroom should be characterized by courtesy and mutual respect. Participating in group discussion is an important part of providing constructive feedback for your peers. Active questioning and differences of opinion, respectfully expressed in a spirit of collaboration and mutual exchange, contribute to a positive and supportive group dynamic. Missing classes, coming late, leaving early, failing to contribute positively to the class dynamic and failing to participate effetively during group work sessions will impact your grade.

 

• Current events in contemporary art (presenting = 5%) (responding = 5%)

Short student presentations scheduled throughout the term, beginning Sept. 20

Schedule and Assignment guidelines will be posted on Avenue to Learn

 

• Written reflections on readings, lectures & presentations (20%)

Due weekly, graded at mid-term (10%) and term end (10%)

Assignment guidelines will be posted on Avenue to Learn

 

• Written reflections on 2 exhibitions/artists talks (20%)

#1 Due September 27 (10%)

#2 Due November 8 (10%)

Assignment guidelines will be posted on Avenue to Learn      

 

• Group research project proposal (10%)

Due November 1. Assignment guidelines will be posted on Avenue to Learn

 

• Group research project presentation (25%)

All presentations will be due on November 29. Presentations will take place on November 29  and December 6. Assignment guidelines will be posted on Avenue to Learn

 

NOTE: full participation in group projects is expected from all students. While the same grade will be given to everyone in the group, any individual student who fails to participate fully will have marks deducted from their personal grade.


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

It is the responsibility of each student to attend all classes and meet the requirements of submission for coursework. Missed assignments will automatically be assigned a grade of 0. A penalty of one full letter grade will be imposed for every academic day assignments are late.


Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail sas@mcmaster.ca. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.


Topics and Readings:

A list of weekly required readings will be posted on Avenue to Learn

 

1: Sept. 6 – introduction

 

2: Sept. 13 – national

Due: written reflections on readings & lecture

 

3: Sept. 20 – international

Due for certain students: presentations on current events and responses (see schedule)

Due: written reflections on readings, lecture & presentations

 

4: Sept. 27 — art & identity

Due for certain students: presentations on current events and responses (see schedule)

Due: written reflections on readings, lecture & presentations

Due: written reflection on artist talk or exhibition #1

 

5: Oct. 4 – cultural appropriation & colonialism

Due for certain students: presentations on current events and responses (see schedule)

Due: written reflections on readings, lecture & presentations

 

 

Oct. 11 – NO CLASS  (Mid-term Recess)

 

6: Oct. 18 — art & the environment

Due for certain students: presentations on current events and responses (see schedule)

Due: written reflections on readings, lecture & presentations

 

7: Oct. 25  –  the art market

Due for certain students: presentations on current events and responses (see schedule)

Due: written reflections on readings, lecture & presentations

 

8: Nov. 1 — art & science

Due for certain students: presentations on current events and responses (see schedule)

Due: written reflections on readings, lecture & presentations

Due: group research project proposals

 

9: Nov. 8 — art & the internet

Due for certain students: presentations on current events and responses (see schedule)

Due: written reflections on readings, lecture & presentations

Due: written reflection on artist talk or exhibition #2

 

10: Nov. 15 — art & social justice

Due for certain students: presentations on current events and responses (see schedule)

Due: written reflections on readings, lecture & presentations

 

11: Nov. 22

In-class work period

 

12: Nov. 29  – Group Presentations A

Due: written reflections on presentations

Due: Group Presentations (All groups must be prepared to present their research projects this week. Section A will present this week, Section B will present next week. Groups will be randomly assigned to sections A or B and students will be notified by 6 pm on March 31st.)

 

13. Dec. 6  – Group Presentations B

Due: written reflections on presentations

Due: written reflection on artist talk or exhibition #3

 


Other Course Information:

Working in the Art Studios

Steel-toed boots are required in the studios and eating and drinking are not permitted in the studios. The following exceptions apply: eating and drinking are permitted and steel toed boots are not required in our public spaces, which include TSH 105- Flex Studio, TSH 114- New Space, Atrium when art materials and processes are not present.

Non-art students are permitted to be in TSH 105, TSH 114 and Atrium spaces. All other studio spaces are only accessible to non- art students when accompanied by their class or by special permission from their instructor.