ARTH 2003 - Art Against Society: Censorship & Iconoclasm
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code ARTH 2003 Course Art Against Society: Censorship & Iconoclasm Coordinating Unit History Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Prerequisites 12 units of Level 1 study. Incompatible HIST 2079 Restrictions Students must be 18 years of age at the commencement of classes due to the discussion of R rated themes and materials Course Description According to Pablo Picasso art ought to be forbidden to ignorant innocents and never allowed into contact with those not sufficiently prepared - art is dangerous and where it is chaste it is not art. In response to recent controversies concerning religious and sexual transgressions in contemporary art, this course will explore the origins of censorship and iconoclasm in early modern European art and visual culture, particularly during from the fifteenth to seventeenth century during a period of dynamic artistic innovation and tumultuous religious change. In looking to the past to understand the present, the course aims to raise awareness, encourage reflection and stimulate debate on the various ways art has inspired and antagonised individuals and groups in past and present societies and cultures.
Course Coordinator: Dr Lisa MansfieldRoom 511 Napier Building
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.There are three contact hours a week composed of a two-hour lecture and a one-hour tutorial.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Understand a broad body of art historical styles and periods from early modern Europe to contemporary society and global culture in the twenty first century. 2 Analyze works of art and visual culture in past and present contexts using principal methods of analysis employed in the discipline of art history, including formal visual analysis. 3 Synthesize and critically evaluate argumentative perspectives in art historical scholarship. 4 Frame logical questions and generate meaningul ideas to construct persuasive evidence based arguments and conclusions. 5 Communicate effectively within the discipline of art history through essay writing as well as small and large group discussions. 6 Use relevant technologies proficiently as part of fundamental research skills. 7 Develop a reflective and objective approach for interrogating contentious issues and complex global problems concerning art censorship and iconoclasm that is socially aware and respectful of different points of view.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2, 3 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3, 4, 5 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 5, 7 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2, 6 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 7 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 7
Required ResourcesPrescribed readings (journal articles and book chapters) for the course are included in the Course Reader and must be read each week before the relevant tutorial discussions. The Course Reader will be available for purchase from the Image and Copy Centre.
Recommended ResourcesThere is no set textbook for the course. The following books provide useful background reading and will be available in the Barr Smith Library reserve collection:
d'Alleva, Anne, How to Write Art History. London: Laurence King Publishing, 2006.
Arnold, Dana, Art History: a very short introduction. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.
Freeland, Cynthia, Art Theory: a very short introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.
Stallabrass, Julian, Contemporary Art: A very short introduction. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
Online LearningAdditional materials to support the course content and assessment tasks (bibliography, style guide, writing tips, websites, image databases, lecture recordings and powerpoints) will be available on MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
Lectures provide introductory, informative and interactive discussions on the history of art censorship and iconoclasm in past and present historical contexts based on a thematic comparative approach that is inclusive of art and visual culture from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century. Weekly tutorials are treated as active and inclusive workshops for interrogating focused case studies on contemporary art transgressions that complement the broad historically based lecture content and themes.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
1 x 2-hour lecture (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester 1 x 1-hour tutorial (or equivalent) per week 12 hours per semester 6 hours reading per week 72 hours per semester 2 hours research per week 24 hours per semester 2 hours assignment preparation per week 24 hours per semester TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities SummaryThe lectures and tutorials explore changing notions of censorship and iconoclasm in relation to past and present art and visual culture from the Renaissance to the twenty first century.
Themes provide the framework for the course and include: taboo themes in art; the museum and gallery context; rights and responsibilities of the artist; image wars by individuals and collectives; religious transgressions; the naked versus nude body; graffiti art; death and art; and art versus pornography.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceBoth lectures and tutorials provide small group discovery experiences. In the second half of the 2-hour lecture, students are divided into small-group 'think tanks' to discuss problems and propose solutions to questions or short quizzes derived from the first half of the lecture within a cooperative learning environment. The tutorials include debates, hypotheticals, and role plays to work through the issues and ideas raised by the weekly themes and relevant prescribed readings.
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Assessment SummaryThe assessment regime consists of:
(1) Tutorial attendance
(2) Tutorial activity (weeks 3-10)
(3) Reflective journal questions (week 4 and 12)
(4) Comparative visual analysis (week 6)
(5) Research essay (week 14)
You will be given more information about submission dates, word limits, questions etc. at the beginning of the course.
Assessment Related RequirementsTutorial participation is compulsory. Students must attend 80% of tutorials to pass the course (unless supporting medical documentation is provided). If you are unable to attend your regular tutorial please contact your tutor in advance as you may be able to attend an alternative tutorial.
Assessment DetailTutorial activity (weeks 3-10)
Tutorial topics are allocated to discussion leaders (2-3 students) in the tutorial in week 1 (and no later than week 3) and require completion of the following two tasks:
1) Small group presentation
Should include a concise visual analysis of the relevant work/s of art and provision of either 1-3 questions or a learning activity for small and large group discussion.
2) Summary statement
Should consider issues and ideas raised in the prescribed reading (due one week after the tutorial).
Reflective journal questions
Two short-answer reflective responses to a choice of questions concerning issues and ideas concerning art censorship and iconoclasm raised in lectures.
1) Question A due in week 4
2) Question B due in week 12
Comparative visual analysis
Compare and contrast two works of art (from past and present historical contexts) on the same theme from a list of images posted on MyUni.
Due in week 6
Questions and a starter bibliography will be available on MyUni in the first week of semester.
Due in week 14
Assignments are to be submitted electronically with a one-step process on Turnitin via MyUni. You will be asked to acknowledge understanding of the policies on plagiarism when submitting. No cover sheet is required.
Work that is submitted after the due date without an approved extension will be deducted 2 points per working day.
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2) the assignment is worth 20% or less
3) the student is registered with the Disability Office and has a Disability Access Plan (DAP) that permit you to negotiate deadlines with the course co-ordinatory directly via email.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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