• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Art History
  • Areas of interest Art History, Visual Arts, Creative Arts, Arts
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

This course will deal with aspects of European visual culture associated with exploration and colonisation, with an emphasis on material related to Australia and the Pacific. Issues raised by the visual cultures associated with cartography and landscape, ethnography, and natural history will be the focus of the course. There will be an emphasis on eighteenth and nineteenth century practices; this historical material will be dealt with in the light of contemporary art practices and theoretical writing.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of Eighteenth and Nineteenth century artists and their work.
  2. Understand some of the contexts in which Eighteenth and Nineteenth century artists works, and the relationship of certain practices to the processes of exploration and colonisation.
  3. Analyse and interpret works of art with a focus on the Eighteenth and Nineteenth centuries.
  4. Present written and oral arguments about the work of Eighteenth and Nineteenth century artists.
  5. Compare and evaluate the work of selected Eighteenth and Nineteenth century artists in relation to contemporary art practices.

Indicative Assessment

Oral Presentation including submission of PowerPoint Slides/presentation notes: 30% (12 minutes): LOs [1-4]
Essay: 60% (4,500 wds); Los [1-5]
Participation: 10%: LOs [1-5]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARTV2016, ARTV6806 or ARTH2160.

Preliminary Reading

Casey, Edward S., Representing Place: Landscape Painting and Maps, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 2002.
Smith, Bernard, European Vision and the South Pacific, Harper and Row, 1984.

Course readings are available on the Wattle course site.



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $2820
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4320
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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