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Unit Overview


This unit provides students with the unique possibility to engage with art that is relevant to their lives today by exploring art of the twenty-first century. Particular focus is devoted to contemporary practice and thought about art that has formed within a technologically rich context. Attention is given to discourses surrounding artistic responses to the world today and to how particular ecological, political, social and technological concerns of the twenty-first century inform artistic practice. The unit provides essential tools for researching and recognising alternative art histories to identified dominant narratives. It incites an awareness of the key debates surrounding the intersection of art and the twenty-first century world. Students also develop the general ability to conduct independent research in novel areas and an ability to think creatively and clearly construct and express new ideas and arguments.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the History of Art major sequence
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) identify and understand a diverse range of texts, ideas and art forms of the art of the century; (2) articulate knowledge specific to the field in both written and spoken form and apply such knowledge to the analysis of art; (3) integrate visual and aesthetic analysis of artworks into historical and theoretical arguments; (4) discern the intersecting theoretical approaches and identify the key issues that have arisen in art over the last decade; (5) make a clear and logical argument with theoretical underpinning and critical evaluation of the literature; and (6) establish substantial connections between art of the twenty-first century and the broader cultural milieu.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) short essay; (2) research paper; and (3) seminar presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit rules
at least one Level 2 unit from the History of Art major sequence
VISA2265 Twenty-first-century Art, VISA3375 Twenty-first-century Art
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
tutorials: 1 hour per week
Enrolled students can access unit material via the LMS (Learning Management System).
  • 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.