Warning! This unit contains mature content and may not be suitable for some students. Any student under the age of 16 who would like to enrol in this unit must first complete a Parental Consent Form.

Subject details

  • Topics
    • Module One: Beautiful Ideas
    • Historical theories of beauty 1
    • Biological beauty
    • Beauty and the sublime
    • Abstraction and psychoanalytical theories of beauty
    • Religious beauty
    • Module Two: Living Beauty
    • The beautiful landscape
    • Being beautiful
    • Commercial beauty
    • Body beautiful
    • Practicing beauty
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials
      • Audio-Video streaming

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a sound knowledge of the philosophical and aesthetic underpinnings of the notion of beauty
  2. review, assess and critique a range of theories and issues
  3. develop written communication skills to enable the analysis of visual culture in relation to relevant theory.
  • Assignment 1 - Essay 1 (40%)
  • Assignment 2 - Essay 2 (45%)
  • Assignment 3 - Test (15%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject will examine the concept of beauty as it operates in visual culture from a range of historical and contemporary perspectives. The subject explores the idea of 'beauty' in the everyday sense of the word and also in relation to philosophy and aesthetics. The subject will cover such topics as biological beauty, the beautiful landscape and the Sublime.

Please Note:  If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

Related degrees