HART4401 Readings in Contemporary Theory

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in History of Art [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
This unit asks students to read book-length works of interdisciplinary theory that pertain to discussions about contemporary art, culture and politics. While undergraduate units only expect readings of essay length, here students are trained to tackle and understand how an argument is constructed in longer works. This unit is distinct from VISA4406 The History of Art History in its interest in both very recent publications, and in teaching students how to extract arguments from monographs.
Assessments require students to summarise the argument of one of the course texts, using secondary readings in the area of contemporary discourse that pertain to this text's argument. The outcome of the unit is to tackle long works that are relevant to ongoing discussions in the humanities, and the assessment asks students to do just this in a sustained argument of their own.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) abstract and (2) major essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Darren Jorgensen
Unit rules
enrolment in honours in History of Art
VISA4401 Readings in Contemporary Theory
Contact hours
3 hour seminar per fortnight
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
  • 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.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.