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ART 2AT3 Art Today

Academic Year: Winter 2016

Term: Winter

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Sally McKay

Email: smckay@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 417

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23675

Office Hours: Wednesdays, 11:00 - 12:00, 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:

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

Short student presentations scheduled throughout the term, beginning Jan. 22

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 3 exhibitions/artists talks (15%)

#1 Due February 5 (5%)

#2 Due March 4 (5%)

#3 Due April 8 (5%)

Assignment guidelines will be posted on Avenue to Learn

 

• Analysis of 3 reviews of Canadian artists (15%)

Due February 12. Assignment guidelines will be posted on Avenue to Learn

 

• Group research project proposal (10%)

Due February 12. Assignment guidelines will be posted on Avenue to Learn

 

• Group research project presentation (30%)

Due April 1, presentations will take place on April 1 and April 8

Assignment guidelines will be posted on Avenue to Learn


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

It is the responsibility of each student to attend all classes and exams 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:

Topics & Schedule

(note: a list of weekly required readings will be posted on Avenue to Learn)

 

1: January 8 – Introduction

 

2: January 15 – national

Due: written reflections on readings & lecture

 

3: January 22 – international

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

Due: written reflections on readings, lecture & presentations

 

4: January 29 — postcolonialism

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

Due: written reflections on readings, lecture & presentations

 

5: February 5 – intersectionality

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

 

6: February 12 — environment

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

Due: written reflections on readings, lecture & presentations

Due: analysis of 3 reviews of Canadian artists

Due: group research project proposals

 

Feb. 19 – NO CLASS  (SPRING BREAK)

 

7: Feb. 26  – the art market

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

Due: written reflections on readings, lecture & presentations

 

8: March 4 — art and social practice

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

 

9: March 11 — digital aesthetics

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

Due: written reflections on readings, lecture & presentations

 

10: March 18 — art, science & technology

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

Due: written reflections on readings, lecture & presentations

 

March 25  – NO CLASS (GOOD FRIDAY)

 

11: April 1 – 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.)

 

12: April 8 – Group Presentations B

Due: written reflections on presentations

Due: written reflection on artist talk or exhibition #3


Other Course Information:

The instructor may take up to 48 hours to read and/or respond to student emails.

Support Services: The University provides a variety of support services to help students manage their many demands. Reference librarians can provide invaluable research assistance. The Student Accessibility Services Centre (SAS) provides assistance with personal as well as academic matters. MUSC B107 and http://sas.mcmaster.ca/

Academic and writing skills support is offered by the Student Success Centre located in Gilmour Hall, room 110. For more information on the Student Success Centre please call (905) 525-9140 [ext. 24254], email studentsuccess@mcmaster.ca or visit http://studentsuccess.mcmaster.ca