Critical Issues in Art, Education, and Visual Culture


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The module provides a theoretical analysis of the relations between social and cultural perspectives on contemporary art as a prerequisite for creating democratic, sustainable spaces for teaching and learning. The focus on critical analyses and promotion of a complex approach to investigation of central concepts, theories and topic relate to contemporary art and pedagogy.

Learning objectives


Through the module, the student must gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • Current social, cultural, and political issues and how they relate to art education, contemporary art, and digital visual communication, specifically in the Nordic context
  • Advanced theoretical literature on society, culture, and politics, and its application to professional practice


The student must through the module acquire skills in:

  • Describing and analysing social, cultural, and political aspects of their professional practice through advanced research literature
  • Engaging with advanced theoretical literature


The student must through the module acquire competences for:

  • Contextualizing professional practices in art education and digital visual communication within social, cultural, and political frameworks
  • Utilizing social, cultural, and political theory in the further development of their professional practice

Type of instruction

Reference is made to §17.



Name of examCritical Issues in Art, Education, and Visual Culture
Type of exam
Written exam
The exam takes form of a written homework assignment in which the student answers the question(s) based on a syllabus for the assignment.
The assignment is completed individually.
Permitted aids
All written and all electronic aids
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Additional information

The criteria of assessment are stated in the  Academic Policies and Regulations (Aalto)

Facts about the module

Danish titleKritiske problemstillinger inden for kunst, uddannelse og visuel kultur
Module codeKANOVA234
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
MA 2. Semester

Location of the lecture: Aalto University Finland + online co-teaching
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureOther location
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Art, Health and Technology
DepartmentDepartment of Communication and Psychology
FacultyFaculty of Social Sciences and Humanities