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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Pre-requisites

N/A

Unit aim

Introduces students to the art-historical debates that are central to modern visual culture. The onset of modernity enacted radical changes in the production and interpretation of the visual arts. Students will explore the reasons for, and the ramifications of, these changes, and in the process will become familiar with broader theoretical issues concerning the legacy of Western art and the role of visual culture in a range of 19th- and early 20th-century societies.

Unit content

  • Modernity, capitalism and the avant-garde
  • Craft versus fine art
  • Primitivism and colonisation
  • The aesthetics of abstraction
  • Utopian visions: art as social critique
  • The photographic medium as art

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 recognise the various visual languages and aesthetic philosophies of modernism
2 articulate relationships between the avant-garde and modernity in Western cultures
3 describe a range of socio-historical contexts of Western modernist art practices
4 demonstrate an understanding of academic writing skills, information literacy, library and online research
5 achieve effective teamwork skills
6 demonstrate critical comprehension skills and annotation ability for a range of reference materials.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. recognise the various visual languages and aesthetic philosophies of modernism
    • GA1:
  2. articulate relationships between the avant-garde and modernity in Western cultures
    • GA1:
  3. describe a range of socio-historical contexts of Western modernist art practices
    • GA7:
  4. demonstrate an understanding of academic writing skills, information literacy, library and online research
    • GA6:
  5. achieve effective teamwork skills
    • GA7:
  6. demonstrate critical comprehension skills and annotation ability for a range of reference materials.
    • GA1: