cod. 06458

Academic year 2023/24
3° year of course - Second semester
Cristina CASERO
Academic discipline
Storia dell'arte contemporanea (L-ART/03)
Discipline relative ai beni storico-archeologici e artistici, archivistici e librari, demoetnoantropologici e ambientali
Type of training activity
30 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Integrated course unit module: History of Contemporary Art (Integrated)

Learning objectives

According to Dublin Descriptors, the course intends to get:
Knowledge and understanding:
At the end of the course, students are expected to have acquired the knowledge of the argument, as well as to be able to contextualize, at least in outline, the main actors in the history of photography, connecting them to the general historical and cultural environment of their time. Another goal of this course is to provide students with the critical skills necessary for a self understanding of the intricate 20th Century theoretical debate on photography.

Applying knowledge and understanding
Upon completion of the course, students are expected to have the ability to understand the photographic document, reading the photographic works of main authors, highlighting their specific features.

Making judgements:

Another goal of this course is to provide students with the critical skills necessary to for a self analysis of the intricate 20th Century theoretical debate on photography: students will be required to show their skill of making judgements and their ability in analyzing and interpreting the most important texts on the photographic image.

Communication skills
Students will acquire the communication skills in order to present their acquired knowledge, thanks to effective speeches and an appropriate language for the discipline.

Learning skills:

Students will acquire the learning skills to autonomously develop the study of the discipline, in terms of historical and theoretical point of view.



Course unit content

The course deals with the history of photography, paying particular attention to the movements that represented a significant moment in the use of the medium; above all during the course the photographic image will be carefully investigated from a theoretical-critical point of view, highlighting its originality and particularity with respect to other visual documents, according to the various theories that have followed one another over the years.

Full programme

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In addition to the notes, students can use the materials available on elly.dusic.unipr.it.

Teaching methods

Frontal lectures aimed at giving an outline of the specific methodology, with readings from the main theoretical sources and participated analyses of a series of works. The course is offered in a blended mode with the support of online self access material available on elly.dusic.unipr.it. This material is part of the assignments for all students.

Assessment methods and criteria

The exams will be oral. The oral examination will focus on the topics taught in class and on the indicated bibliography.Different kinds of questions will evaluate the level of learning from students, according to Dublin Descriptors.
A fail is determined by the lack of an understanding of the minimum content of the course, the inability to express oneself at the level of proficiency expected of students, by a lack of autonomous preparation, the inability to solve problems related to information retrieval and the decoding of images and topics of art, as well as an inability to make independent judgments and communicate content, analysis and judgments in well-argumented,competent and convincing ways.
A pass (18-23/30) is determined by the demonstration on the part of the student of having learned the fundamental and minimum contents of the course, according to the indicators listed above. The Middle-range scores (24-27/30) are assigned to the student who produces evidence of a more than sufficient level (24-25/30) or good level (26-27/30) in the evaluation indicators, (from 28/30 to 30/30 cum laude) are awarded on the basis of the student’s demonstration of a very good or excellent level.
The outcome of the exam is communicated immediately at the end of the exam itself. To access the oral exam, online registration for the exam is required.

Other information

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