Singapore University of Social Sciences

World Art and Social Spaces

World Art and Social Spaces (BAE101)


Using a framework that emphasises the deep connections between art and social spaces, this module provides students with a broad overview of art from various parts of the world in different historical periods. Rather than taking a straightforward chronological approach, the module pays special attention to observable similarities in a wide range of art. Art from different cultures will not be treated as being impossible to compare, but will be seen as continuous on a fundamental level. Students will be introduced to the following: the spatial aspects of visual arts; real and virtual spaces; and the “rise” of natural sciences and how it shapes art making.

Level: 1
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July


  • Introduction to Art and Social Space: Facture
  • Places
  • Images
  • Planar Surfaces
  • Virtual Spaces
  • Modernism

Learning Outcome

  • Describe the inextricable links between art and social spaces
  • Identify the spatial aspects of visual art.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how art from different cultures is shaped by the growing importance of the natural sciences in the West.
  • Identify the key spatial features of artwork.
  • Classify artworks from diverse cultures and historical periods according to their relations to social spaces.
  • Comment on the similarities and differences between different categories of artworks so classified.
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