HART2042 Living Paris: Experiencing and Representing the Modern City

6 points
(see Timetable)
Not available in 2018ParisFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the History of Art major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
This unit explores the visual representation and sensorial experience of Paris as the quintessential modern city. By engaging the unique built environment and museum collections of Paris, this study abroad unit contextualises art and architectural history through on-site learning and affords students the opportunity to investigate spatial and visual concepts through direct experience. Primarily, students examine how large-scale city planning reshaped the spaces and culture of Paris in the nineteenth century. Students scrutinise how acts of ‘creative destruction' altered Paris after 1850 and analyse how art, literature and politics responded to these changes. The unit traces the transformation of urban spaces over time and also considers how the modern framework of the nineteenth century persists to the present day. The unit encourages students to research Parisian streets, spaces, and works of art through a variety of representational tools, making use of both on-site writing and drawing as well as online resources in order to understand how this icon of urban modernity has been reshaped and reimagined over the last two-hundred years. Ultimately, the unit presents Paris as a site of living history and offers students the unique opportunity to learn about France's built environment and visual culture in situ.
Students are able to (1) understand the historical and cultural context of nineteenth-century Parisian art and its built environment; (2) understand how art and architecture mediate social and cultural meaning in nineteenth-century Paris; (3) address issues of display, dissemination and museology in interpreting art and architecture on site; (4) synthesise visual, aesthetic and spatial analyses into broader discourses of art and architectural history; and (5) apply principles of argument in art historical and architectural discourses.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) long essay; (2) short writing assignments (field book, blog, postcard project); and (3) oral assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Assistant Professor Emily Brink and Philip Goldswain
Unit rules
HART1000 Great Moments in Art (formerly VISA1000)
HART1001 Art, Technology and Society (formerly VISA1001)
HART1003 Ways of Seeing: Themes and Theories in Art
ARCT1010 Drawing History
LACH1010 History and Theory of Landscape Architecture
LACH1020 The Culture of Nature
Advisable prior study:
FREN1401 French Studies 1
HART3042 Living Paris: Experiencing and Representing the Modern City
Approved quota: 30—places are allocated based on academic merit and year of study (i.e. a Level 3 student is given precedence over a Level 2 student who can re-apply the following year.)
Contact hours
30 hours over 3 weeks (10 hours per week)
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  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.