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Unit Overview


This unit is taught in international and national cities, which have included artistic capitals such as Paris and Rome. While the city in which this unit is offered will vary from year to year, students will draw on the unique social, geographical and cultural contexts of those environments to develop their understanding of art and architectural history. Through immersive, on-site learning students engage with art in original contexts and have the opportunity to investigate visual and spatial concepts through direct experience. By visiting world-class museums, including The Louvre and Vatican, among many others, students further enhance their understanding of art objects through a close study of curatorial practices and museology.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the History of Art major sequence

Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding of the historical and cultural contexts of art and architecture; (2) critically reflect on how art and architecture mediate social and cultural meaning; (3) address issues of display, dissemination and museology in interpreting art and architecture on site; (4) synthesise visual, aesthetic and spatial analyses into broader discourses of art and architectural history; and (5) apply principles of argument in art historical and architectural discourses.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) oral assessment; (2) short written assessment; and (3) essay. 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)
Arvi Wattel
Unit rules
Completion of 1 of the following units: HART1000 Great Moments in Art (formerly VISA1000), HART1003 Ways of Seeing: Themes and Theories in Art, ARCT1010 Drawing History, ARCT1001 Art, Technology and Society (formerly HART1001)
or LACH1020 The Culture of Nature
Students may not be able to complete this unit if they have already completed HART2042/3042 Living Paris: Experiencing and Representing the Modern City and/or HART2283/3282 Rome.
Approved quota: 30—places are allocated based on academic merit and year of study (i.e. a Level 3 student is given precedence over a Level 2 student who can re-apply the following year).
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
(1) Local field trips (estimated cost - 4740)
(2) Entrance fees to museums and monuments (estimated cost - 260).
Contact hours
Lectures, seminars and site-visits
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • 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.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.