AH50070 Directed Reading Group

Academic Year 2023/2024

Close reading and analysis of secondary sources are crucial skills to develop during the PhD process. PhD students in this module will take part in a directed reading group that meets every other week, supervised by the Module Coordinator. Each meeting will be structured around discussion and evaluation of a different readings which have been chosen by students in the module; each reading group meeting will be led by the student who selected the reading for the week. Participants in the module will be exposed to a wide variety of literature from different sub-fields of Art History and Cultural Policy, broadening their disciplinary horizons.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the module, students will be expected to have:
-gained a deeper understanding of a range of art history and cultural policy approaches and methods
-developed their presentation and discussion skills
-developed their abilities to summarize and critique academic arguments

Indicative Module Content:

As the module is structured around readings chosen by the students, indicative content will change, but may include: methods in art history and cultural policy; new research horizons in art history and cultural policy; historiography; etc.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The module is discussion-based, and will allow students to develop their reading, critical thinking, presentation, and discussion skills through close analysis of primary and/or secondary texts. Students will take turns serving as discussion leaders, gaining experience at framing, focusing, and sustaining a critical discussion. Students will also develop their writing skills through short writing exercises focused on argument summary. 
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 discussion group meetings; leading discussions; writing exercises. Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat Within Two Trimesters
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
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will provide feedback to each other during reading group meetings; the module coordinator will provide continuous assessment on student performance throughout the trimester, and will provide feedback on writing exercises within two weeks of submission.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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