UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

HART4401 Readings in Contemporary Theory

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in History of Art [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
Content This unit asks students to read book-length works of interdisciplinary theory that pertain to discussions about contemporary art, culture and politics. While undergraduate units only expect readings of essay length, here students are trained to tackle and understand how an argument is constructed in longer works. This unit is distinct from VISA4406 The History of Art History in its interest in both very recent publications, and in teaching students how to extract arguments from monographs.
Outcomes Assessments require students to summarise the argument of one of the course texts, using secondary readings in the area of contemporary discourse that pertain to this text's argument. The outcome of the unit is to tackle long works that are relevant to ongoing discussions in the humanities, and the assessment asks students to do just this in a sustained argument of their own.
Assessment 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) Dr Darren Jorgensen
Unit rules
Prerequisites: enrolment into honours in the History of Art
Incompatibility: VISA4401 Readings in Contemporary Theory
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.alva.uwa.edu.au/Units/HART4401/SEM-1/2017

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