Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Gender Issues in Art

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Art and Art History

DESCRIPTION Focusing primarily on women artists, the study-unit draws attention to the importance of gender issues in Art Historical studies. The study-unit begins with analysing artists of the Middle Ages, and continues chronologically down to contemporary artists. What is considered primarily is the situation women artists found themselves in in different artistic periods of history, how they managed to develop their artistic skills, and how the subjects they could pursue changed according to a variety of socio-political situations.


This study-unit is designed to make the student think about, and come to terms with, the impact of gender issues in the visual arts.

Knowledge & Understanding:

• The lectures are designed to make the student think about, and come to terms with, the impact of gender issues in the visual arts.
• The student will have the ability to better appreciate the often overlooked contribution of women artists throughout the history of art by understanding their limitations which were often not linked to their artistic ability, but due to imposed social norms. A general understanding of why there aren't so many well-known female artists and why, generally speaking, only some works by female artists hang in major art museums in the western world, will be achieved.


• Ability to realise that gender issues do have an important impact in artistic production.
• The study unit brings the candidate to terms with the feminine as opposed to the masculine perspective in the visual arts.

Reading List:

Whitney Chadwick, Women, Art, and Society (T&H, 2007)


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation SEM1 Yes 40%
Assignment SEM1 Yes 60%

LECTURER/S Charlene Vella

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