• Class Number 7046
  • Term Code 3160
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Christina Clarke
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 26/07/2021
  • Class End Date 29/10/2021
  • Census Date 14/09/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
    • Catherine Purnell
SELT Survey Results

This course examines the evolution of design in a century of unprecedented technological development and social change, from the Modernist utopianism of the Bauhaus to the swiftly-shifting ground of contemporary design practice. We will study how design shapes society and vice-versa, with particular focus on architecture and space, objects and furniture, and communication and digital design. Historically, the course explores Modernism and its inheritances, as well as addressing the theories, innovations and challenges underpinning contemporary design such as sustainability and futuring, disciplined and undisciplined design, speculative design and participatory design.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. critically engage with the literature on major developments in design from 1919 to the present;
  2. contextualise contemporary design practice;
  3. demonstrate a critical understanding of how design both shapes and is shaped by society;
  4. research and interrogate primary and secondary sources on historical and contemporary design; and
  5. speak with confidence and write about twentieth-century and contemporary design at an advanced level.

Required Resources

Students will need internet-ready devices to participate in some class activities as well as to access course resources outside of class.

Students will be required to use ANU Library resources in order to undertake the research necessary for this course. Limited research materials will also be provided on the course Wattle page.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Referencing Requirements

Students must use Chicago Style Notes and Bibliography for referencing papers and essays: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/academic-skills/academic-integrity/referencing/chicago-manual-of-style .


Word Limits

In the interest of student equity, students must be aware of the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences policy regarding assessment item word limits. These will be strictly adhered to by staff during grading of assessment items. In sum,

1) Where an assignment exceeds the prescribed word length, no penalty will be applied for the initial 10% excess words. Thereafter a 10% penalty will apply

2) Bibliographies, footnotes and endnotes will not be included in the word count.

3) Students will declare the word length, without appendices, bibliography and footnotes on the final page of their assessment item.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction & Critical Design History
2 Interwar: The Machine Age
3 Design and War Research Source Analysis
4 International Modernism
5 Housing Mid-Century Australia
6 Furnishing Mid-Century Australia Research Proposal
7 Op, Plastic, Psychedelia
8 Counterculture and Postmodern Skepticism
9 Postmodernism and the Digital Dawn
10 Into the Contemporary
11 Climate Crisis
12 Futures / Course Review Research Paper

Tutorial Registration

Tutorial sign-up via Wattle.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Participation 15 % * * 1,2,3,5
Research Source Analysis 15 % 09/08/2021 16/08/2021 1,4
Research Proposal 20 % 30/08/2021 20/09/2021 1,2,3,4
Research Paper 50 % 25/10/2021 15/11/2021 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


A student's participation in this course will be assessed according to their engagement with course content, contribution to class discussions and preparation for tutorials. See Assessment Task 1 for specific details.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,5


Value: 15%

Due Date: Continuous Assessment

Lecture Participation:

Students will have the opportunity to participate in discussion during lectures live in class, live online or asynchronously online.

Tutorial Participation:

Each tutorial centres on one or more activities. Students are required to prepare for and participate in tutorials by:

1) Attending or watching the week's lecture before the tutorial,

2) Completing any required reading or tutorial preparation before attending the tutorial,

3) Actively participating in tutorial activities and discussions.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 09/08/2021
Return of Assessment: 16/08/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,4

Research Source Analysis

Word limit: 1000 words

Value: 15%

Due Date: 9 August 2021

Details for this exercise are provided on Wattle.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 30/08/2021
Return of Assessment: 20/09/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Research Proposal

Word limit: 1000 words

Value: 20%

Due Date: 30 August 2021

Details for the Research Proposal are provided on Wattle.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 25/10/2021
Return of Assessment: 15/11/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Research Paper

Word limit: 4000 words

Value: 50%

Due Date: 25 October 2021

Details for the Research Paper are provided on Wattle.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

All assessment for this course must be submitted online through the course Wattle site.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Feedback and grades will be provided on Wattle according to the dates indicated for each assessment task.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Students may not resubmit assignments.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Christina Clarke

Research Interests

Design history; decorative arts, crafts and material culture; digital humanities.

Dr Christina Clarke

By Appointment
Catherine Purnell

Research Interests

Catherine Purnell

Responsible Officer: Registrar, Student Administration / Page Contact: Website Administrator / Frequently Asked Questions