HART2237 Nineteenth-Century British Art

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the History of Art major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Design and Creative Arts
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
This unit examines the art of 1837 to 1901 in the context of the prevailing social, economic and political concerns of the Victorian era. Major themes such as emigration, love and marriage, the fallen woman, physiognomy, the class structure, work, travel and exploration, childhood, death, philanthropy and the poor are considered in relation to the broader concerns of the day and in relation to the morals, ideas, prejudices and paradoxes of the Victorian age. Attention is also given to the widely debated relationship between art and society, and to the role that visual imagery such as advertising, book illustration and photography played in Victorian society.
Students are able to (1) understand the key issues in British art between 1837 and 1901; (2) locate artistic practices within a social and historical context; (3) consider the relationship between art and social change; (4) critically engage with a range of artworks produced between 1837 and 1901; and (5) become familiar with the changing art historical approaches to the art of 1837 to 1901.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (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)
Associate Professor Clarissa Ball
Unit rules
HART1000 Great Moments in Art (formerly VISA1000)
HART1003 Ways of Seeing: Themes and Theories in Art
VISA2237 Nineteenth-Century British Art
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week
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