AHT2207 - Popular culture - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Fine Arts


Professor Rex Butler

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit was formerly coded TAD2207


Popular Culture offers a history of popular culture from the late 18th century when the idea first arose through to the present. The course also offers a survey of the most important methodological approaches to popular culture. Topics touched on range from Immanuel Kant's theorisation of the "Fine Arts" to the folk music of Bob Dylan. The course concludes with the speculation that the era of popular culture is now over with the rise of the internet.


Upon completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. identify the long historical debate between high and popular culture;
  2. elaborate certain important interventions in this debate (Kant, Herder, Adorno, Bourdieu);
  3. demonstrate an ability to use this knowledge to consider and discuss contemporary art.


Assignment 1,500 words (40%)

Research essay 2,500 words (60%)

Workload requirements

12 hours per week including 3 contact hours and 9 hours of independent study or equivalent.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


12 credit points at first year level in Art History and Theory, or Theory of Art and Design, or Visual Culture, or permission from Unit Coordinator


TAD3207, TAD3217, AHT3207