Units of Study

ARHT2645 - China: Art and Empire

Semester 1, 2012  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Thomas Jakob Berghuis


This unit aims to offer students a profound understanding of major developments in art and material culture of pre- modern China during the entire period between the Shang Dynasty and the height of the Qing Dynasty in the 18th Century. Building on a basic knowledge of disciplinary skills in Art History, Asian studies, Archaeology and Anthropological, such as contextual analyses of visual culture, material culture and cultural development, the unit of study offers opportunities for students to develop skills in contextual and stylistic analysis of visual art and culture in China. This unit will offer specific skills in focused interpretations of individual artworks, profound research skills in thematic issues, as well as into the social, historical and literary context surrounding art and material culture during the time of the Chinese Empire. The unit of study provides a contextual chronological framework that connects historical perspectives with theoretical methods and links the development of art and material culture in pre-modern China to specific contexts of communal use and social conditions. This unit develops analytical research skills for students who are interested in art and material culture of pre-modern China, as well as to students who are interested in exploring the art historical background to the unique development of Chinese civilisation.


1x1-hr visual test (25%), 1x1000wd tutorial paper (25%), 1x2500wd final essay (50%)


1x2-hr lecture/week,
1x1-hr tutorial/week


ARHT1001 and ARHT1002 or ASNS1001 and ASNS1002 or ASNS1001 and ASNS1101

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