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HART2201 Art and Urban Experience

Credit
6 points
Offering
AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2022UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the History of Art major sequence
  • Level 2 elective
Content
This unit examines the theoretical and visual understanding of urban experience in France 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, 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 France. 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 urban life.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) identify key artists and artworks associated with nineteenth-century modernity in France; (2) articulate how the changing experience of the nineteenth-century city—its streets, sights and scenes—shaped the understanding and definition of urban experience; (3) apply this notion of urban experience 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 urban experience.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) short essay; (2) long essay; and (3) discursive learning. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Assistant Professor Emily Brink
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
HART1000 Great Moments in Art (formerly VISA1000) or HART1003 Ways of Seeing: Themes and Theories in Art
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week
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