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Unit information: Special Field Project in 2015/16

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Unit name Special Field Project
Unit code HART22225
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Austin
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of History of Art (Historical Studies)
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

The 5,000-word Special Field Primary Source Project (20 cp) is linked to the Special Field (20 cp) offered in TB2. It is designed to serve as a bridge between the Special Topic Project taken in 1st year and the Dissertation taken in the final year.

The project provides an opportunity to pursue a topic at greater length and depth than the Special Field essay. A key component of the project is that it should engage with primary source materials (broadly defined). Students are, however, also expected to demonstrate how their analysis fits into and contributes to the existing literature in their field.


The unit enable students to research a particular aspect of their choice relating to their Special Field at greater depth and to develop their independent learning and research skills. It will also enable them to practice and develop the range of subject specific and key skills acquired through their engagement in their Special Topic and Special Field.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the unit students should have:

  • deepened their understanding of a particular aspect of their Special Field
  • achieved a greater integration between the various components of that Special Field
  • produced an extended piece of art historical analysis in accordance with high scholarly standards
  • developed proficiency in forming their own questions
  • demonstrated that they can compile their own bibliography
  • the ability to work with visual and textual sources and have demonstrated how to draw reasoned and considered conclusions from them
  • have a greater understanding of the process of independent learning and research and have a clearer understanding of their own developing capabilities in those areas.

Teaching Information

10 x 1-hour seminars

2 one-to-one supervision tutorials with Special Field tutor – the first being to help define the Project, the second to provide feedback on it. Each tutorial would normally be expected to take about 20 minutes.

Access to additional tutorial consultation with unit tutor in office hours

Assessment Information

5000 word project

Reading and References

The reading will depend on the precise topic chosen, but the bibliography will be constructed by the student in part from the Special Field handbook but students will be expected to show initiative in identifying and locating a wider range of sources, both primary and secondary.