Course Description

Course Name

The Emergence of Modernity

Session: VCPS3122

Hours & Credits

18 Host University Units

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


This course focuses on the emergence of modernity in art and visual culture from ca 1850-2000, and includes African perspectives. Taught in a combination of a thematic and chronological survey, the course covers the major art movements and ideas key to understanding this period. Students will develop basic skills in visual analysis, critical thinking and writing about art and visual imagery as well as approaches to visual and textual research. Students will also engage contemporary debates in and about visual modernity.

DP requirements: At least 80% attendance of tutorials and satisfactory completion of 2 assignments per semester. Late essays penalised by 5% per day (including weekends).

Assessment: Semester coursework 50%, 2-hour examination 50%.

*Course content subject to change