Course Title: Art and Global Cities

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Art and Global Cities

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2016


Hong Kong Arts Centre


340H Art


Offsh1 12,
Offsh1 14,
Offsh1 16

Course Coordinator: Dr Kristen Sharp

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925-2412

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bldg 6, Lvl 4, Rm 11

Course Coordinator Availability: Via Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

HUSO 2186 Art History and Theory 1 OR HUSO 2213 Art History and Theory 2  OR equivalent

Course Description

For the first time in history more people live in cities than in rural areas, making cities important sites for art production and experience in the twenty-first century. In this course, you will examine how art and other cultural activities reflect, shape and transform urban spaces. The emphasis is on contemporary examples and using these to trace historical developments and ideas. Since local city spaces are also increasingly changed by global processes, this course will introduce you to the impacts and transformations of globalisation.
Art is referred to in the broadest sense and this course will include examples from fine art practices as well as other forms of cultural production including film, media, design and architecture. You will be encouraged to consider examples from your local urban environment.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Capability Development
In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:
 engage in autonomous and continued learning, apply new theories of practice and embrace new developments in cultural/artistic production
 develop a critically reflective arts practice, in order to continually develop, change and plan for a future that is both informed and improved by arts practice
 form, develop and implement a vision and philosophy of art as a profession, contributing to the positive development of culture in both local and international contexts

Drawing on a range of material from art history and theory, urban studies, human geography and global studies, this course will introduce you to the key theoretical approaches to urban cultures and globalising cities. This course will enable you to understand and articulate the significance of art in representing, creating and understanding urban cultures, particularly within the context of globalisation.
At the completion of this course you will be able to:
 Identify and analyse the significance and role of art in urban cultures in order to engage in informed and critical discussions
 Name and theorise concepts relevant to urban space, art and globalisation.
 Locate and discuss urban art practices within the broader socio-cultural and historical context in which they operate.
 Apply these theories and concepts through independent research, citation and writing.
 Independently research and communicate your ideas through writing and oral presentations using appropriate citations
 Use appropriate terminology associated with art theory, urban studies and globalisation.

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will engage in a range of learning activities such as lectures, screenings, listening samples, reading and discussion of texts, critical and analytical thinking, group discussions and/or on-line forums, research and essay-writing. You will be encouraged to explore and understand the spaces of your local urban environment.

In lectures and seminars, you will examine and discuss a range of artists and works. Key themes and concepts, including social and material space, public art, private and public space, suburbia, experiencing and mapping city spaces, art interventions and representations and mobility will be drawn upon during this course to analyse and discuss approaches to global cities.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University will provide you with a range of resources and tools to engage in this course. RMIT University’s online systems will also support your learning and you will have access to a wide range of online and hardcopy resources through RMIT University Library.

Supplementary notes, readings, examples and lists of works, guides about essay writing and referencing will be posted on Blackboard. A course bibliography will be distributed with a list of recommended readings.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the learning outcomes in this course and on your development against the program capabilities. Assessment may include a range of written, oral and online presentations.
Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks and staff members are available for individual consultation.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
An assessment charter ( ) summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc .