Course Title: Analyse cultural history and theory

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: HUSO5194C

Course Title: Analyse cultural history and theory

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5308 - Diploma of Visual Arts

Course Contact: Jennfier Cabraja

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Anthony Riccardi


Nominal Hours: 70

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

In this course you will develop skills and knowledge required to research, analyse and debate cultural history and theory. You will be able to gain insight into historical art movements that will support and develop your own approach to creative work.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVRES502A Analyse cultural history and theory


1. Select a focus for cultural research

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Select a focus for research in consultation with others based on individual needs and perspectives
1.2. Make an initial determination of the information and ideas to be sought
1.3. Challenge own assumptions and preconceptions about the research process and potential information sources
1.4. Select relevant historical and contemporary sources for investigation


2. Conduct critical analysis

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Seek out and compare the critical views of others in chosen area of inquiry
2.2. Investigate issues around the historical and contemporary production, interpretation, promotion and consumption of culture
2.3. Allow the process of analysis to take exploration of issues in new and unintended directions


3. Discuss cultural history and theory

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Develop substantiated opinions and ideas about cultural history and theory
3.2. Make informed contributions to discussions of cultural history and theory
3.3. Encourage and participate in open and constructive discussion


4. Develop own practice from research

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Determine potential for integration of research findings into own work
4.2. Relate cultural history and theory to professional
practice issues
4.3. Recognise connections and associations between history and theory and contemporary cultural practice
4.4. Develop ideas about how research might impact on or enrich own professional practice and its future direction

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Select an appropriate research focus
  • Analyse cultural ideas and information
  • Develop substantiated positions to support professional practice
  • Participate in informed discussion of cultural history and theory.

In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:

  • Recognise historical and theatrical contemporary cultural practices
  • Develop opinions and ideas about cultural history and theory.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in a lecture theatre using industry standard resources. You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.

In class activities may include:
• lectures
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• analysis/critique of relevant reading material
• seminar presentations
• class exercises to review discussions/lectures

Out of class activities may include:
• practical exercises
• reading articles and excerpts
• preparing for discussion
• project work
• independent research
• online research
You are expected to manage your learning and undertake an appropriate amount of out-of-class independent study and research.

Teaching Schedule

WeekClass ContentLearning elements
1Introduction to course:
• Learning outcomes
• Assessment criteria
• Course requirements
• Essay outline
Consultation framework
1, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3
2 -6Theoretical frameworks 1
Cultural research project
7 - 9Theoretical frameworks 2
Compare critical views of artists and their works
10 - 11Essay Consultation3.4
12 - 13Theoretical frameworks 3
• Investigate issues regarding historical and contemporary production,
Investigate interpretation, promotion and consumption of culture
2.2, 2.3, 2.4
14 - 15Theoretical frameworks 4
Professional practice issues regarding art practice and the arts industry
16Presentations of work relating to theoretical framework1.4
 Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.  

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Learning resources include access to studios and computer laboratories and relevant software. You will also be expected to make use of the library resources.

You will also be encouraged to attend exhibition openings and visit galleries outside of your learning environment. RMIT School of Art has two galleries and an ongoing exhibition program.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is on going throughout the semester. Your will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities. Assessment will incorporate a range of methids to assess performance and the applocation of knowledge and skills and will include:

  • Written and or/oral questioning and discussion to assess knowledge and understanding
  • Completion of an art journal

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

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.

Assessment task                                                                            Content/requirements                                        Due date

Presentations of work relating to
theoretical framework                                                                        Artists of influence                                               Week 16

Essay Consultation                                                                           Theoretical impact on work                                  Week 16

Graded assessment applies for courses within the Diploma of Visual Arts.

CHD         Competent with high distinction             80 - 100            Highly developed
CDI           Competent with distinction                    70 - 79              Well developed
CC            Competent with credit                           60 - 69              Developed
CAG         Competent achieved - graded               50 - 59              Sound
NYC         Not Yet Competent
DNS         Did not submit for assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available from the course contact person (stated above).

Other Information


You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.


RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

Special consideration policy (late submission)

All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.
Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1;

Please note
While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

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