AH50060 Research Resources

Academic Year 2023/2024

As part of the MA Art History in the Autumn trimester, a series of weekly guided site visits to important research resources in Dublin is undertaken with members of the School’s staff (including the National Library of Ireland, National Gallery of Ireland, Centre for the Study of Irish Art, Irish Architectural Archive, National Irish Visual Arts Library, Trinity College Dublin, etc.). Where appropriate, PhD students may attend and participate in this MA module. Collections holdings, opportunities for research and available supports are highlighted at each visit, and staff members’ own research and utilisation of these resources are discussed in combination with students, archive and library staff. Participation in all of the research visits and a final writing assignment are the required components.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

The primary learning outcomes of this module are:
-to introduce students to the the national museums and institutions and their collections
-to encourage research on objects/primary texts in person
-to allow students to develop their academic and professional networks

Indicative Module Content:

The content of the module will vary depending on which museums and institutions the class visits, but may include: Irish art; European painting, drawing and sculpture; manuscripts and early printed books; archival materials.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The module is structured around active/task-based learning activities, which will include: visits to museums, libraries, archives, and other institutions; networking with keepers, curators, and archivists; and class discussion of the national institutions. A final writing assignment will allow students to summarize and process their experiences. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Continuous Assessment: participation in visits to collections; discussion of collections; final summary writing assignment. Varies over the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will receive continuous feedback during and after museum, library, etc. visits. Students will complete a final self-assessment summary writing assignment; feedback on this assignment will be provided within two weeks of submission.

Name Role
Assoc Professor Philip Cottrell Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Kathleen James-Chakraborty Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Roisin Kennedy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor John Loughman Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Emily Mark-Fitzgerald Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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