AHT2031 - World Art - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Rex Butler


Professor Rex Butler

Not offered in 2018


AHT1101 and AHT1102


World Art offers students an overview of non-Western art, with an emphasis on contemporary art. Particular emphasis will be given to Asian art, but the art of other regions (South America, Africa, the Middle East) will also be taken up. As well as becoming broadly familiar with a range of non-Western artists and art practices, students will be introduced to a number of the important methods for thinking about world or global art (postcolonialism, alternative or parallel modernities). Lectures will also be given on the "pre-history" of our global contemporaneity, with selected case studies showing how art has always been "world art" and Western and non- Western art have always been in a relationship with each other.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. recognise and speak of a wide variety of art from non-Western countries and regions;
  2. engage with and employ a number of the existing art-historical methods to analyse this art;
  3. contextualise historically this art;
  4. analyse critically the existing art-critical methods;
  5. situate both contemporary and historical Australian art within a wider world context.


Tutorial presentation (30%)

Essay (40%)

Slide test (30%)

Workload requirements

2 hour lecture and 1 hour tutorial plus 9 hours independent study per week.

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