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ARHT2645: Arts in Imperial China

This unit explores the art, architecture and material culture of dynastic China (ca. 3000 BCE-1900), contextualizing works within the region's diverse social, political and cultural histories. The unit foregrounds focused interpretation of individual works through visual and material analysis.

Code ARHT2645
Academic unit Art History
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level in Art History or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Asian Studies or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Critical Studies

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. identify and interpret works of art produced in China and surrounding regions from the Neolithic period, ca. 3000 BCE, to the end of the dynastic period in 1911
  • LO2. critically evaluate the social role of this art in its historical context of formation
  • LO3. understand key theoretical models for interpreting the visual and material culture of China during this period
  • LO4. analyze narratives of Chinese art history within the field and the exhibitionary context
  • LO5. effectively articulate a sophisticated interpretation of this cultural production both verbally and in writing.

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