Art and Revolution

Subject AHIS20016 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 hours: 12 x 1.5-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial per week throughout semester.
Total Time Commitment:

Total expected time commitment is 170-hours across the semester, including class time.





Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

107-264 Art and Revolution

Core Participation Requirements:

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Assoc Prof Alison Inglis, Assoc Prof Anthony White


Subject Overview:

This subject introduces students to the principal artists and art theorists in Europe from Romanticism to the avant-gardes of the late 19th century. Students will be exposed to a range of different models for understanding the revolutionary developments taking place in painting and sculpture during this period, tracing the progressive shift away from traditional and classical ideals in the radical innovations introduced by modern artists in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The work of artists from among several different countries in Europe, such as England, France, Germany and Italy, will be investigated. A particular focus of the subject will be the impact on art of political, social and technological change. These changes will be analysed in the light of recent scholarship on the relationship between social class, sexual identity and the representation of landscape and the human body.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the subject students should have:

  • developed an understanding of fundamental models of revolutionary modern art practice;
  • a broad understanding of the ways in which such models incorporate or respond to the conditions of modernity;
  • an ability to engage with the ways in which revolutionary modern art practice incorporates ideologies of subjectivity, gender, nation and ethnicity.

A 1500 word assignment 40% (due during the semester) and a 2500 word take home examination 60% (due during the examination period).

This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance and regular participation in tutorials.

Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • 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;
  • be able to participate in teamwork through involvement in syndicate groups and group discussions.

Formerly available as 107-264/670-386 Art and Revolution: 19th Century Europe. Students who have completed 107-264/670-386 Art and Revolution: 19th Century Europe are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 200 Point Master of Art Curatorship
Art History
Art History Major
European Studies
Graduate Certificate in Arts - Art History
Graduate Diploma in Arts - Art History

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