ARTHIST 115/115G : Global Art Histories


2022 Semester Two (1225) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

A broad survey of visual art spanning from the early modern period to the contemporary. Students will be introduced to a range of art practices situated within a global context and will consider art works produced in Māori and Pacific cultures alongside Indian, Asian, Middle Eastern, European and American traditions.

Course Overview

Global Art Histories offers a broad survey of art and visual culture spanning from the early modern period to the contemporary.  In different cultures and in different historical periods, art is used variously to express and extend existing power and authority. Yet such images have also been used for revolution and change. In this course students will be introduced to a range of art practices situated within a global context and will consider art works produced in Māori and Pacific cultures alongside European and American, Indian, Middle Eastern and Asian traditions.  Taking a comparative approach, the course provides students with knowledge of the world's most important cultural traditions. It trains students to recognize how power manipulates vision, concepts and materials, and how artists have challenged this power.

The classes are structured within thematic topics, which include the expression and representation of authority and power; the emergence of different perspectives on modernity and different cultural and political explorations of feminism and identity, migrations and diasporas.

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Arts

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Develop the ability to visually analyse artworks, images and examples of visual culture using reliable methods and terms (Capability 1.2)
  2. Develop and demonstrate a good confidence in comparing and contrasting artworks and examples of visual culture across cultures (Capability 2.2)
  3. Demonstrate the ability to situate artworks in their social, historical, cultural and economic contexts (Capability 3.2)
  4. Develop the skills to sustain an argument and logically compose a narrative in essay writing (Capability 4.2)
  5. Understand the techniques required to find and research quality resources and information in the library and online
  6. Identify how Maori artists reflected, adapted and challenged new presences and influences, such as Christianity, colonisalism, new materials and ideas in both customary and contemporary contexts (Capability 6.1)
  7. Understand how Pacific artists explore and translate indigenous knowledge systems and urban experiences into a range of art forms such as tatau, tapa cloth, painting and photography, as well as performance and digital art practices (Capability 6.2)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Test 20% Individual Test
Essay 30% Individual Coursework
Final Exam 50% Individual Examination

Next offered

Semester 2, 2022


Visual Literacy Module

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 2 hours of lectures, a 1 hour tutorial, 6 hours of reading and thinking about the content per week and 30 hours total of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

This course  is available for delivery to students studying remotely outside NZ in 2022. 

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities including lectures and tutorials to develop components of the course.
Lectures will be also available as recordings. Other learning activities including tutorials and gallery visits .
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

I really like that this Art History course is in a way linked more closely to my programme than the other options for the first–year elective. It helps enrich knowledge of the art world in general. The structure and objectives are very clear.

Provided a broad range of discussion points on multiple levels, enabling a good depth of understanding. As the art history traversed different cultures simultaneously, it showcased both the diversities and similarities of techniques, genre, styles and evolution of art practice.

The lecturers were very knowledgeable and prepared so I found notes I made were very helpful also.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Well-being always comes first
We all go through tough times during the semester, or see our friends struggling. There is lots of help out there - for more information, look at this Canvas page, which has links to various support services in the University and the wider community.

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.