English translation of course syllabus

Method and Research Practice in the Field of Art History, 7.5 credits

(Metod och forskningspraktik inom det konstvetenskapliga fältet, 7,5 högskolepoäng)

Course code 42F1054
Discipline for doctoral studies Art History
Academic school School of Culture and Education
Research area for doctoral studies Critical and Cultural Theory
Grading scale G
Education cycle Doctoral studentship
Language of instruction English
Valid from First six months of 2016


This course syllabus was validated by the Committee for Research and Doctoral Education at Södertörn University on 2016-03-09 according to the stipulations in the Higher Education Ordinance

Entry requirements

Admitted to doctoral studentship

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the doctoral student is able to:

  • identify different methods in the field of art history and perform in-depth analysis of their historical origins, their interrelations and different functions in research in art history;
  • critically interpret the different uses of the concept of method in art history and analyse and independently identify relevant applications of method in research in art history;
  • evaluate the use of different methods in research in art history and critically assess their relationship to general scholarly methodology.

Course content, modules and examinations

The course aims to give participants broader and deeper knowledge of key methodological perspectives in the field of art history. The course analyses the historical origins of different methods, their interrelations and functions, as well as their connections to general scholarly methodology.

The course draws attention to the distinction between method and theory and how this manifests itself in research practice in art history.

Course participants will also learn to identify and critically analyse methodological issues and problems and to independently evaluate relevant applications.

Course design

The course is based on seminars and/or independent study. Supervision is provided in group and/or individually. During the course, participants will present oral and/or written reflections at seminars or individually from work on the assigned literature and the examination assignment. The course examiners will provide comments on these reports, either verbally or in writing.

Examination format

Students will be assessed through the presentation of oral and/or written reflections from their ongoing work and submit a concluding individual written assignment.

The grading criteria are distributed prior to the start of a course or module.

If a student has a certificate from Södertörn University for compensatory support, the examiner has the right to decide on an adapted examination or alternative form of examination in accordance with Södertörn University's regulations.

Restrictions on accreditation

The course may not be accredited as part of a degree if the contents are partly or wholly the same as a course previously taken in Sweden or elsewhere.