• Class Number 6808
  • Term Code 3360
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Christina Clarke
    • Dr Christina Clarke
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/07/2023
  • Class End Date 27/10/2023
  • Census Date 31/08/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
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 Lecture and tutorial
2 Lecture and tutorial
3 Lecture and tutorial Research Source Analysis due
4 Lecture and tutorial
5 Lecture and tutorial
6 Lecture and tutorial Research Proposal due
7 Lecture and tutorial
8 Lecture and tutorial
9 Lecture and tutorial
10 Lecture and tutorial
11 Lecture and tutorial
12 Lecture and tutorial Research Paper due

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Participation 15 % * * 1,2,3,5
Research Source Analysis 15 % 09/08/2023 23/08/2023 1,4
Research Proposal 20 % 30/08/2023 13/09/2023 1,2,3,4
Research Paper 50 % 23/10/2023 * 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.

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: 09/08/2023
Return of Assessment: 23/08/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,4

Research Source Analysis

Word limit: 1000 words

Value: 15%

Due Date: 9 August 2023

This exercise is designed to help you commence a small research project and practice the advanced research skills which are required for professional and academic research in the discipline of art history.

You must be familiar with techniques for evaluating sources because the credibility of your sources affects the quality of your research. ANU Academic Skills has a guide to this (https://www.anu.edu.au/students/academic-skills/study-skills/researching-and-finding-sources/evaluating-sources) as does the ANU Library (https://libguides.anu.edu.au/evaluating-sources).

Note that all your references must be set out according to the bibliography and notes style of the 17th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. Correct citation formatting is critical in this exercise. However, you will not be using footnotes in this exercise but will write each reference out in full in the text, formatted in the style of a note.

See the Chicago Style citation quick guide: https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide/citation-guide-1.html

and ANU Academic Skills guide to the Chicago Manual of Style: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/academic-skills/academic-integrity/referencing/chicago-manual-of-style

If you want to find very specific details about how to use Chicago Style, consult the Chicago Manual itself: https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/book/ed17/frontmatter/toc.html

Your proposal should be double-spaced, in 12 point text, submitted to Turnitin as a Word file (a .doc or .docx file). Please do not submit PDF files.

You should organise your research source analysis under the headings below. The word count for this exercise (1,000 words) includes only your own words. It does not include the references or bibliography.

1: The Topic

In 50 words or less, outline the broad topic that you would like to focus on in your research this semester.

2: Primary Sources

List two primary sources related to your topic. Write c. 150 words synopsis for each.

3. Scholarly Web Resources

List two scholarly web resources that you use to research your topic. Provide a c. 100 word description of the material that each web resource provides) and/or details of the particular information/evidence that they have helped you to find (c. 200 words in total).

4: Online Scholarly Lecture

List a scholarly lecture or seminar podcast or video that relates to your topic. Provide a c. 100 word description or synopsis.

5: Books (Scholarly Monographs)

List two monographs devoted to your topic in the library (you can use the ANU libraries, the National Library, or any other libraries that you visit for research). Provide a c. 150 word synopsis on each.

6: Scholarly Journals and Book Chapters

List two articles or book chapters related to your topic. Provide a c. 100 word synopsis for each.

7: Bibliography

List all references used (from questions 1-7) in a bibliography in alphabetical order, according to the Chicago Manual of Style guide. Be sure to use ALL of the proper conventions, ensuring that you format the references as appropriate for a bibliography (not as for notes).

8: Further Reading

List any other high quality references that you have come across in your literature searches which you have identified as necessary to your research but which do not fit within the restrictions of the headings above. For example, you may find 10 important journal articles of interest but can only list two of these in question 6 above. In this section, the emphasis is on quality and relevance, not quantity, so do not just list every article and book that comes up in your searches.


CriteriaFailPassCreditDistinctionHigh Distinction


Does not include a bibliography (when required)

Little knowledge of major themes

Adequate range of sources (when required)

Relies mostly on internet sites

Adequate understanding of the topic

Good range of references but missing significant sources (when required)

Good understanding of the topic and major issues

Wide range of sources, including peer reviewed articles, but missing some authors (when required)

Thorough knowledge of the major issues and perceptive analysis of major points

Thoroughly researched, consulting all the major sources, including peer reviewed journals (when required)

Sophisticated understanding of the major issues and awareness of complexities 

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 30/08/2023
Return of Assessment: 13/09/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Research Proposal

Word limit: 1000 words

Value: 20%

Due Date: 30 August 2023

Drawing on your findings from your Source Analysis, you must develop a proposal for your final Research Essay. It is important that you respond to the feedback you received for your Source Analysis. This proposal will outline what you aim to achieve in your final paper and the context within which your research sits. A convincing research proposal should address the following (in no particular order):

The aim of your research project

The background context of your subject (social, historical etc.)

Major themes in scholarship which frame your research question

Why this research is worth pursuing

You may use subheadings in your proposal if you wish, but use them judiciously. It is often better to produce a continuous, flowing piece of writing rather than breaking it up into smaller disjointed parts, especially in such a short piece of writing.

If you wish, you may write your research proposal so that it ultimately becomes part of the introductory section of your final research paper. In this case, you would submit this same piece of writing twice—first as your research proposal and secondly at the beginning of your 4000 word research paper (resulting in a total paper length of 5,000 words less citations etc.). The proposal must not be substantially rewritten if you do this, apart from responding to feedback you received on the proposal and slight adjustments to make it fit well into the longer paper.

You should include images of objects that you write about. These may either be placed throughout the text or in a list at the end. Every figure should be numbered (eg. figure 1, figure 2 etc.) and every figure should include a caption. Captions should be formatted as close to the following as possible:

Figure x. Name(s) of Creator(s), Title of Object, place, year. Materials (if relevant), manufacture method (if relevant), dimensions in metric measurements (if relevant). Collection (if relevant), inventory number.


Figure 1. Jeroen Verhoeven, Cinderella Table, Netherlands, 2005-2006. Birch plywood, CNC cut, 80.6 x 131.5 x 100 cm. V&A Museum, W.1-2006.

Figure 2. Jørn Utzon (architect), Arup Group (firm), Sydney Opera House, Sydney, 1957 (designed), 1973 (completed).

Your proposal should be double-spaced, in 12 point text, submitted to Turnitin as a Word file (a .doc or .docx file). Please do not submit PDF files.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 23/10/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Research Paper

Word limit: 4000 words

Value: 50%

Due Date: 23 October 2023

Your research paper will address the research question you have developed from the Research Source Analysis and the Research Proposal. It is important that you respond to the feedback you received for your Research Proposal because the lecturer may suggest in feedback that you need to adapt your research question or your approach. The paper should be written in the manner of academic or professional arts writing so you should aim to replicate the style and tone of published scholarly articles and essays. It should be formatted as described for your research proposal.

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

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