Course Title: Romanticism to Symbolism: European Art 1800-1910

Part A: Course Overview

Course ID: 038527

Course Title: Romanticism to Symbolism: European Art 1800-1910

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 2 2007

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Kevin White

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2517

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bld 2.B.9

Course Coordinator Availability: Via appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

HUSO 2186 - Art History and Theory 1

Course Description

This course will consider the art of France, Germany, England and Spain between 1800 and 1910, through an exploration of themes and ideas, focusing on those which reflect the important social, historical and cultural issues of the century.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The course will provide students with an overview of art practice of the period and its relationship to the broader cultural issues. The subject will introduce the students to the central historical and theoretical concerns of the times and to some of the key texts on the subject.
By participating in, and completing this course, students will have gained an understanding of the art of the period in context, developed their research abilities further and learned the application of the specialized terminology used in art historical texts relating to the topic areas.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course will consist of lectures and seminars. The lectures provide an overview of the essential cultural concerns and aesthetic issues of the period being studied. The seminars will provide a forum firstly for more in depth discussions of the works and ideas covered in the lecture, secondly for the presentation of the students’ own research in the form of class papers and thirdly for the dissemination of information regarding various aspects of tertiary learning.

Overview of Learning Resources

Resources for this course include a wide range of visual material; a Bibliography; a Glossary; copies of readings; individual topic summaries. These will be distributed in the first classes.

Overview of Assessment

Two written assignments.
1. An essay of c 2000 words on specified topics 70%
2. A class paper of around 1000 words, first given orally in class and then submitted in written
form 30 %