ART241 Global Art Histories (8)

This subject is dedicated to preserving and understanding the treasures of humanity as a whole, by introducing the complexity of art history as a series of local and global disciplines. Encompassing historic precedents and contemporary practices, students will extend their horizons by investigating visual and contextual case studies in art from around the world. Object-centred discussions will critically review diverse issues in attribution, cultural heritage, distinctive principles of craft and design, as well as international innovation, contested ownership and provenance, and the interpretation of political values across the expanded histories of art. 


Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ART241. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Social Work and Arts

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is not available to students who have completed ART240 as they share similar content.

Subject Relationships

ART240 Shares similar content

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to investigate, compare and discuss diverse practices within the global history of art, inclusive of multiple historic periods, regions, and art forms;
  • be able to research and identify specific artworks across multiple international contexts, noting issues raised by attribution, provenance, heritage and ownership;
  • be able to critically compare contemporary and historic practices in global art history; and
  • be able to create insightful investigative studies drawn from art objects, demonstrating observation and visual analysis using international resources.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Foundations of Art History: Objects and Attribution
  • The Ancient Mediterranean: Egypt, Greece and Rome
  • European Renaissances: Centre or Periphery?
  • The Americas: Pre-Columbian, 'Manifest Destiny', and African American Art
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: Textiles, Power and Museums
  • The Maghreb: North Africa from Morocco to Egypt
  • The Levant: The Modern 'Middle East'
  • Silk Roads: Turkey, Iran and Central Asia
  • The Subcontinent: India, Pakistan and the Himalaya
  • Nusantara: The Indo-Malayan Archipelago
  • East Asia: China, Japan and Korea
  • Oceania: A Third of the World

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.