OnlineSession 2N/A

Unit description

Introduces students to the key thinkers, theories, methods and issues associated with looking at, and thinking about, art. A variety of Western and non-Western creative practices are examined, from prehistory to the present, focussing on the tools of semiotic analysis as applied to art, historical artefacts and cultural production more broadly.

Unit content

  • The practice of art history
  • Pre-modern, modern and contemporary art
  • Visual literacy
  • The politics of looking
  • Material analysis
  • Interpretation and context

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning 1 hour (12 weeks )
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks )
Tutorial online 1 hour (12 weeks )
Reflective writing30%
Discussion board10%

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Fee information


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