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Unit Overview


This unit looks at some of the central debates within the discourses over Pop Art, investigating these debates and the art that it describes. Pop Art is a movement largely based in the United Kingdom and the USA, and beginning in the 1950s and 1960s, but has more recently been a major genre of art in Japan and other parts of Asia. The unit looks at some of the debates around Pop Art and its internationalism.

6 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) understand the historical and cultural contexts of Pop Art; (2) understand the key theoretical and historical moments in the development of the discourses around Pop Art; (3) understand issues of display, dissemination and museology that relate to Pop Art; (4) know how to synthesise works of Pop Art into broader art historical discourses; (5) learn how to make arguments relating to Pop Art; and (6) learn how to use art historical methodologies to create knowledge with regard to works of Pop Art.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a 1500-word assignment (40 per cent) and (2) a 2000-word research essay (60 per cent). 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
any Level 2 History of Art unit
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hrs per week
tutorials: 2 hrs per week
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