Autumn 2021/22 Teaching & Learning Statement

We at the School of Art History and Cultural Policy look forward to welcoming our undergraduate and postgraduate students back this academic year, 2021-22. In planning for a safe return to campus, we have followed both government public health regulations and UCD’s guidelines, and our first priority is the well-being of our students and staff. We’ve worked hard over the summer to plan for the autumn trimester with the principles of safety, equity, flexibility, and access in mind. 

Successful learning in both Art History and Cultural Policy fundamentally depends on lecturer/ student interaction, student engagement and participation in class, and on-site visits and field work to galleries and cultural institutions. Our plan for this autumn is therefore to sustain these core elements for our students. As a small School, our students will continue to have excellent opportunities for direct interaction with their lecturers, tutors and supervisors in a safe and supportive environment, both in-person and online.

All of our undergraduate and postgraduate modules will be offered in a face-to-face format. School lectures and seminars will not be recorded on a regular basis, and in-person attendance is expected, except in case of illness or other significant extenuating circumstances.

Students will be required to wear face coverings in all face-to-face taught settings, and instructors will wear face masks and/or maintain a 2m distance from the class, in line with public health recommendations and university policy. Office hours and student meetings will be online, unless otherwise arranged with the module coordinator.

We recognise that individual students may, as a result of health concerns, and/or personal and family issues arising from Covid-19, struggle to attend campus, either consistently or at different points in the academic year. Each module coordinator also will supply learning support materials online, which will include all lecture powerpoints; reading lists and downloadable readings; and additional supports (study guides, links to external videos and learning materials, etc.)

If for any reason an extended absence is anticipated, students are strongly urged to get in touch with their module coordinators (and/or MA programme directors) as soon as possible, to discuss accommodations. Flexibility may also be required if and when staff circumstances and public health advice changes, and modifications to module delivery become necessary.

As a small and close-knit School, we are passionate about our subjects and building our School community, and our students will find our online and physical spaces a warm and supportive environment. We promise to be creative, flexible, and enthusiastic as we welcome our students back – and know that they will rise to the challenge of the coming year, and make the most of their time with us here at UCD.