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Perspectives in Art & Cultural Theory 1 (FINA70007)

Graduate coursework level 7Points: 12.5On Campus (Southbank)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework Level 7
Subject codeFINA70007
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

A series of weekly seminars dealing with the examination of texts and works of art formative in contemporary critical practices. The course is run as a reading group and critical workshop. Discussion is focussed on critical methods and arguments demonstrated in the reading material and, according to opportunity, on current art exhibitions or events.

Intended learning outcomes

This subject will enable students to:

• develop an understanding of the professional and institutional practices that comprise the contemporary art profession;

• demonstrate through critical writing and discussion the capacity to articulate judgements and opinions that reflect an understanding of the field;

• engage professionally within the institutional context of contemporary art.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students will be able to:

• utilise at an advanced level skills of analysis, interpretation and evaluation in their own critical response to works of art;

• critically test their own and others opinions and assertions about works of art;

• communicate in a lucid and persuasive manner, verbally and in writing, their analysis, interpretation and evaluation of works of art.

Eligibility and requirements





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



One written paper of 5,000 words, or equivalent (100%).

Hurdle Requirement: 80% attendance at seminars is required for the written component to be accepted for assessment.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    CoordinatorSean Lowry
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Southbank
    Contact hours24
    Total time commitment120 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

Time commitment details

120 hours.

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    A class reader will be available for purchase.

    Recommended texts and other resources

    Further recommended reading as per the class reader.

Last updated: 3 April 2019