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ARCT1011 Art, Technology and Society

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1OnlineOnline timetabled
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Architecture A major sequence
  • 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)
Joely-Kym Sobott
Unit rules
VISA1001 Art, Technology and Society; HART1001 Art, Technology and Society
Contact hours
up to 3 hours per week
Enrolled students can access unit material via the LMS (Learning Management System).
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  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.