OnlineSession 2N/A

Unit description

Introduces students to the exploration of vision, hearing, touch, taste and smell conceived of as embedded in cultural contexts. Students become acquainted with the philosophy and history of discourses and practices relating to sense experience. The social and political dimensions of different sensory practices and their consequences for daily life, visual art, music and the media are examined. Relationships between the senses and characteristics of individual senses are investigated, and their consequences for the production of knowledge and creative practice considered. Students will have opportunities to engage in the critical analysis of their sensory experience of places and texts throughout the unit.

Unit content

  • Discourses of sense experience.
  • Sense experience and cultural context.
  • Social and political implications of sensory practices.
  • Relationships between vision, hearing, touch, taste and smell.
  • Exploring the individual senses.
  • Technology and sense experience.

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 3 hours (12)

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Fee information


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