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Contemporary Art in China (AHIS40013)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelHonours
Subject codeAHIS40013
Availability
July - Off Campus
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This subject is taught on location in a major art centre (the subject may be taught one year in China, or another year in New York, or in other destinations, as appropriate), using the social, economic, geographical and cultural effects of the art centre as a case study of historical and contemporary culture. Students will be introduced to the key institutional components of an art centre: as appropriate, museums, galleries, alternative spaces, corporate collections, auction houses, art magazines and studios. These will be analysed using models derived from discourse theory, the institutional model of art, urban sociology, psychogeography, architectural history and subcultural theory. Students will study the display and consumption of art, allowing consideration of recent developments in museology, arts policy, commodity theory and cultural tourism.

Students wishing to enrol in this subject must consult the 'Notes' below.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • have an understanding of key issues in artistic and critical practice in a specific art centre;
  • have the ability to locate specific artistic and critical practices within a social, historical and theoretical context;
  • have the ability to conduct independent research using catalogued sources and bibliographical indexes, including research on-site;
  • be able to research through the competent use of the library and other information sources, and be able to define areas of inquiry and methods of research in the preparation of essays;
  • be able to conceptualise theoretical problems, form judgements and arguments and communicate critically, creatively and theoretically through essay writing, tutorial discussion and presentations;
  • be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically through essay writing and tutorial discussion;
  • be able to manage and organise workloads for recommended reading, the completion of essays and assignments and examination revision; and
  • be able to participate in team work through involvement in syndicate groups and group discussions.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:

  • the ability to research through the competent use of the library and other information sources, and be able to define areas of inquiry and methods of research in the preparation of essays;
  • the ability to conceptualise theoretical problems, form judgements and arguments and communicate critically, creatively and theoretically through essay writing, tutorial discussion and presentations;
  • the ability to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically through essay writing and tutorial discussion;
  • the ability to manage and organise workloads for recommended reading, the completion of essays and assignments and examination revision; and
  • the ability to participate in team work through involvement in syndicate groups and group discussions.

Last updated: 28 May 2019