OnlineSession 1N/A

Unit description

Examines key theories concerning the role of art in contemporary society, focusing particularly on the effects of globalisation, neoliberalism, digital technology and the changing practices of contemporary museums. Students will develop their knowledge of modern and postmodern art to reflect on key theoretical writers and concepts relevant to an advanced understanding of art in the present era. 

Unit content

  • Globalisation
  • The Sociology of Art
  • Precarity as Profession
  • After Postmodernism
  • Art History after Theory
  • The Business of Art
  • The Curator-as-Artist
  • Museums in the Twenty-First Century

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 1

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks )
Tutorial online 1 hour (12 weeks )
Structured online learning 1 hour (12 weeks )
Critical review40%
Short written response20%

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Fee information


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