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Unit Overview


This unit explores the visual representation and sensorial experience of Paris as the quintessential modern city. By engaging the unique built environment and museum collections of Paris, this study abroad unit contextualises art and architectural history through on-site learning and affords students the opportunity to investigate spatial and visual concepts through direct experience. Primarily, students examine how large-scale city planning reshaped the spaces and culture of Paris in the nineteenth century. Students scrutinise how acts of ‘creative destruction' altered Paris after 1850 and analyse how art, literature and politics responded to these changes. The unit traces the transformation of urban spaces over time and also consider how the modern framework of the nineteenth century persists to the present day. The unit encourages students to research Parisian streets, spaces, and works of art through a variety of representational tools, making use of both on-site writing and drawing as well as online resources in order to understand how this icon of urban modernity has been reshaped and reimagined over the last two-hundred years. Ultimately, the unit presents Paris as a site of living history and offers students the unique opportunity to learn about France's built environment and visual culture in situ.

6 points
Not available in 2024ParisFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding of the historical and cultural context of nineteenth-century Parisian art and its built environment; (2) critically reflect on how art and architecture mediate social and cultural meaning in nineteenth-century Paris; (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; (5) apply principles of argument in art historical and architectural discourses; (6) use and apply appropriate research techniques in art and architectural historiography to the direct study of objects and space on site; and (7) engage critically with pertinent texts to make historic and theoretical arguments.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research essay; (2) short writing assignments (field book, blog, postcard project); and (3) oral exegesis. 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 and Philip Goldswain
Unit rules
at least one Level 2 unit from the History of Art major sequence
or ARCT2010 Parallel Modernities in Art and Architecture
HART2042 Living Paris: Experiencing and Representing the Modern City
Advisable prior study
FREN1401 French Studies 1
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) Overseas field trip (estimated cost - 4,740 AUD)
(2) Museum entrance fees for the duration of the stay. (estimated cost - 260 AUD).
Contact hours
30 hours over 3 weeks (10 hours per week)
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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.
  • 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.