UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

HART2201 The Art of Modern Life

Credit 6 points
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AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2017UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the History of Art major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 2 elective
Content This unit examines the theoretical and visual understanding of ‘Modern Life' in France and England during the second half of the nineteenth century. Building on Baudelaire's definition of modernity as the transient experience of urban living, the unit explores how the city shaped the European visual imagination after 1850. Conceived as a simulated stroll through late nineteenth-century Paris and London, the unit explores how civic planning, industry, material consumption and politics redefined spatial and visual form. Though the unit is grounded in the art of painting, it also explores how new visual developments, particularly photography, challenged and shaped the definition of modern Europe. As part of this visual exploration of the city, the unit also considers how theories of Cosmopolitanism, gender equality, and class struggle informed the nineteenth-century notion of Modern Life.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) identify key artists and artworks associated with nineteenth-century modernity in France and Britain; (2) articulate how the changing experience of the nineteenth-century city—its streets, sights and scenes—shaped the understanding and definition of Modern Life; (3) apply this notion of Modern Life to the interpretation of painting and other visual forms; (4) incorporate multicultural, class and gender theories into an historical understanding of the late nineteenth century; (5) make arguments about late nineteenth-century visual culture and painting; and (6) communicate knowledge about relevant artworks and their relationship to theories of Modern Life.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) short essay; (2) long essay; 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
Unit rules
Prerequisites: HART1000 Great Moments in Art (previously VISA1000) or HART1001 Art, Technology and Society (previously VISA1001) or HART1003 Ways of Seeing: Themes and Theories in Art
Contact hours lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week

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