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ARHT2680: Why Art Matters

Why Art Matters explores the importance of art in the world, through object-based seminars, lectures and student led presentations. It asks why art is so fundamental to human experience, and how we might study it and articulate its importance. It builds key art historical skills of recognition, analysis, interpretation and expression, and introduces students to a wide variety of different material objects and artworks. The course is taught in small group streams, largely in the Chau Chak Wing museum and will help all majoring art history students build confidence and skill in researching, analysing and communicating about art.

Code ARHT2680
Academic unit Art History
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level in Art History

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

  • LO1. Students encounter and engage a variety of global traditions of art and explore the critical debates that help relate different traditions within the broader history of art in the world
  • LO2. Students engage with objects to hone skills of observation and analysis, extending and amplifying their critical practice.
  • LO3. Students acquire knowledge of specific areas, periods, genres and styles of art and visual culture.
  • LO4. Students extend their skills and abilities in presenting visual material through critical argument in extended written and oral presentations.
  • LO5. Students assume responsibility for their own research methods and encounter the full spectrum of methods of research and scholarship
  • LO6. Students engage with each other as peer supporters and learners through preparation, engagement and questioning