TAD2138 - Space, Place and Society - 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


Dr Luke Morgan

Not offered in 2017


This unit focuses on the representation, design, experience and interpretation of space in Australia and abroad. Concepts of space and place are central to any understanding of modern society and culture and are at the forefront of contemporary scholarship and thought in several disciplines. This unit considers the aesthetics, politics and ethics of a wide range of spatial environments, discourses and encounters, both interior and exterior, public and private, urban and landscape, real and virtual.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. Be aware of current discourses in a range of disciplines which deal with the representation, design, experience and interpretation of space;
  2. Be able to identify key examples of recent art, architectural and design practice concerned with the articulation of space and spatial experience;
  3. Have an awareness of the historical and cultural circumstances in which these works were produced;
  4. Have acquired a good understanding of the multiple ways in which space is articulated and experienced;
  5. Have developed the skills to perform a critical analysis of spatial environments;
  6. Have become aware of the theoretical and cultural precedents for and dimensions of their own practice.


Class paper, 1500 words worth 30% + Essay, 2500 words, worth 70%.

Workload requirements

A one hour lecture and a two hour seminar each week, Nine additional hours per week of independent study (library research, reading and preperation for classes and assignments).

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Chief examiner(s)


A first year sequence in TAD units for Faculty of Art & Design students. Permission for all other students.


Must not have passed TAD3138