Modernism and Modernity

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Modernism and Modernity

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Art History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    20 100 level ARTH pts

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    A survey of 20th-century art, with emphasis on Europe and America. ARTH 219 presents a survey of twentieth-century art. The course has been designed to consider the role of art and artists in modern society. It will explore the individual and collective ambitions of artists, the institutional context of artistic endeavour, as well as the way histories of twentieth century art have been constructed. Given the variety of artistic practice during the twentiethcentury, the course will focus on the period between 1900 and 1968.

    Course Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:
    1. analyse and interpret Modern art within the relevant social, political and theoretical contexts;
    2. gather and organise relevant information and evidence from published material (i.e. secondary sources) and to construct an argument using this material;
    3. present material which is coherent and well-written and which demonstrates an understanding and application of the conventions of academic writing (including appropriate citation, referencing and documentation).

    Visual analysis exercise, 500 words 25%
    Essay, 2500 words 50%
    Test , 50 minutes 25%

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