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

This course critically examines European and non-European art and visual culture produced in the period between the French Revolution and the First World War. Spanning diverse geographies, temporalities, media and technologies, students consider the myriad ways historical developments and upheavals impacted and inspired the visual cultures of the day. Attention will be paid to the global reach of art and culture across the long nineteenth century, in particular the ways objects and ideas moved across borders through networks of exchange, trade and commerce. Historical topics for examination include steam and industrialisation, colonial expansion and conflict, slavery and civil war, commerce and consumption, and the growth of urban centres and the middle class. The outcome of the course will be an understanding of the birth of modernity and an appreciation of the continued impact of the nineteenth century on art and culture today. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. use a range of methodologies to think and write critically about art and culture of the long nineteenth century;
  2. apply an object-based, interdisciplinary approach to the examination of major artistic movements of the nineteenth century, and their legacies in the twentieth century; and
  3. undertake independent research into different aspects of the history and culture of the long nineteenth century, drawing on interdisciplinary methods and a range of scholarly resources.

Indicative Assessment

  1. (2000 word) tutorial paper (30) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. (3000 word) essay (50) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Creative Assessment, (1000 words) maximum (20) [LO 1,2,3]

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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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARTH2097.

Prescribed Texts

Linda Nochlin, Politics of VisionEssays on Nineteenth-Century Art and Society. New York: Harper & Row, 1989.

Stephen F. Eisenman, ed. Nineteenth-Century Art: A Critical History. London: Thames and Hudson, 2002.

Petra ten-Doesschate Chu, Nineteenth-Century European Art. New York: Abrams, 2003.


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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $5700
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