UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

HART1001 Art, Technology and Society

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 complementary unit in the Integrated Design major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science students
  • Level 1 elective
Content This unit examines the historical and social impact of some key technological innovations on art and design practices. Particular attention is paid to the synergies and density of relations between technological innovation, aesthetic originality and social formations. Technological innovations discussed include agriculture, writing, the printing press, the lens, oil paint, iron, steel and glass, photographic and filmic technologies, motorised transport, television, biological technologies and digital technologies. The unit addresses subjects from different cultures and periods, and is aimed at a broad range of students from the arts and sciences. The outcomes and assessments are geared to basic generic literacy and research skills which prepare students for a range of disciplines.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) have a basic knowledge of social context and historical causation as it functions in the relationship between art and design practice and technological innovation; (2) use a range of different texts to develop basic historical and critical interpretations of art and design objects; (3) acquire the protocols of basic research techniques used in Art and Design Historical discourse, including the different formats of reporting, essay writing and referencing; and (4) develop basic communication skills in interpersonal relations, oral discussion and essay writing on art and design works.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) a team-based workshop in two parts—(a) a group oral presentation; and (b) an illustrated written report; (2) a mid-semester examination; (3) an essay; and (4) an end-of-semester examination. 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 Tijana Vujosevic
Unit rules
Incompatibility: VISA1001 Art, Technology and Society
Contact hours lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.alva.uwa.edu.au/Units/HART1001/SEM-2/2017
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