ARCT1011 Art, Technology and Society

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 complementary unit in the Architecture A major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Design and Creative Arts
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 1 elective
This unit examines the historical and social impact of some key technological innovations on architecture and design. 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.
Students are able to (1) have a basic knowledge of social and technological context of architecture and design across cultures and time periods; (2) use a range of different texts to develop basic historical and critical interpretations of architecture and design objects as products of economic and cultural exchange in the premodern era; (3) acquire the protocols of basic research techniques 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 architecture and design works.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial exercises; (2) examination; and (3) essay. 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; Co-coordinator Joely-Kym Sobott
Unit rules
VISA1001 Art, Technology and Society; HART1001 Art, Technology and Society
Contact hours
2 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
Enrolled students can access unit material via the LMS (Learning Management System).
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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 via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.