VSA4012 - Visual culture and its theories - 2018

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Fine Art

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Rex Butler


Professor Rex Butler

Not offered in 2018


VSA 3010


This unit is designed to equip honours students with critical and theoretical skills appropriate to the study of art history and visual culture at an advanced level. Topics to be considered will include theories of the image, representation and meaning, the operation of ideology, especially in relation to race and gender, social theories (including Marxist and neo-Marxist accounts), applications of psychoanalysis to the visual field, postmodernism and its critiques, cyberculture, and recent theorisations of visual culture.


First essay (2500 words): 25% + Seminar paper (2500 words): 25% + Second essay (4000 words): 50%

Workload requirements

3 hours (1 x 3 hour seminar) per week

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