ANDY WARHOL'S AMERICA: ART POLITICS AND POPULAR CULTURE

HIS2AWA

Not currently offered

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject covers the political, social and cultural history of the USA c.1940s-1980s through an exploration of the visual art and popular culture created in America in those decades. Focussing particularly on the work of Andy Warhol, we explore the intersection of art, politics and popular culture in the period of the Cold War, the consumerism and prosperity of the 1950s-60s, the emergence of civil rights and identity politics, and themes of glamour, celebrity and violence. It is both a history of the America which gave birth to Pop Art and rock and roll, and also a history of their significance in helping to define the modern United States. We ask who were the key figures in this period and how did the artists' vision capture their times?

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRoland Burke

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites any first-year history or art history subject

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects ARH2/3AWA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Anayse visual and written texts

Activities:
One 2000 word essay; one final 1.5-hour examination; one short-answer test
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)

02. Evauate sources and lines of argument and evidence on a history topic

Activities:
One 2000 word essay;
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

03. Focusing on time and context analyse continuity and change

Activities:
One 2000 word essay; one final 1.5 hour examination; one short-answer test
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)

04. Identify and assimilate sources, lines of argument and evidence on a history topic

Activities:
One 2000 word essay;
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

05. Investigate a small historical topic and frame a response

Activities:
one short-answer test
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

06. Write individual essays using primary and secondary sources to frame a line of argument about the past

Activities:
One 2000 word essay; one final 1.5 hour examination
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

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