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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in History of Art [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]

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.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Darren Jorgensen
Unit rules
enrolment in
honours in History of Art
VISA4401 Readings in Contemporary Theory
Advisable prior study
Students who aren't studying the HON-HYART History of Art may still be able to complete this unit with the permission from the Honours Coordinator
Contact hours
3 hour seminar per fortnight
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  • 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.