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Critical and Theoretical Studies 6 (FINA30018)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Southbank)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeFINA30018
Semester 1
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The subject provides a series of optional seminars, offered on rotation and developed by individual staff, that deal with topics and issues in contemporary artistic theory, aesthetics, criticism or art history. Each seminar program is delivered at a level of conceptualisation presuming familiarity with the artistic history and critical terminology attained from the two previous years of study. The seminar content represents particular research initiatives of the staff presenting, and provides opportunity for the students to explore in depth a specific theme that is relevant to contemporary cultural movements and is intellectually innovative in its field.

Intended learning outcomes

To provide knowledge and understanding of imperative and innovative topics in contemporary art criticism and aesthetic theory.

Generic skills

On completing this subject students will be able to demonstrate:

• An ability to comprehend and apply methods and objectives of argument, in both verbal presentation and written expression;

• An ability to conduct relevant and coherent research investigation;

• An ability to express critical responses in peer reviewing circumstances and group discussion;

• An ability to convey and critically evaluate abstract and theoretical concepts.

Eligibility and requirements


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
FINA30017 Critical and Theoretical Studies 5
Semester 1
Semester 2



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

1. Tutorial (oral) presentation with written submission (1000 words). Assessment weight (25%)

2. Essay totalling 3000 words. Assessment weight (75%)

Hurdle Requirement: 80% attendance at both lectures and tutorials is required for the presentation and written components to be considered for assessment purposes.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    CoordinatorSean Lowry
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Southbank
    Contact hours36 hrs =12 x 3 hour seminar
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

  • Semester 2
    CoordinatorSean Lowry
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Southbank
    Contact hours36 hrs =12 x 3 hour seminar
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    A reader comprising critical and historical texts anthologised by the co-ordinator will be available to purchase.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 2 August 2019