ARTH 3001 - Art Against Society: Censorship & Iconoclasm III

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2018

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 examines the origins of censorship and iconoclasm across time and place. Case studies range from the Renaissance and Baroque periods during a time of artistic innovation and tumultuous religious change to notorious incidents in the art world of the twenty-first century. The course aims to raise awareness, encourage reflection, develop objectivity and empathy and stimulate informed debate on the various ways art inspires and antagonises individuals and groups in past and present societies and cultures. Key questions on the power of art, rights and responsibilities of artists versus viewers, and function of the modern art museum and gallery as a 'safe space' act as a framework for the course.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ARTH 3001
    Course Art Against Society: Censorship & Iconoclasm III
    Coordinating Unit Art History
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 6 units of Level II undergraduate study
    Incompatible ARTH 2003
    Restrictions Students must be 18 years of age at the commencement of class due to R rated themes.
    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 examines the origins of censorship and iconoclasm across time and place. Case studies range from the Renaissance and Baroque periods during a time of artistic innovation and tumultuous religious change to notorious incidents in the art world of the twenty-first century. The course aims to raise awareness, encourage reflection, develop objectivity and empathy and stimulate informed debate on the various ways art inspires and antagonises individuals and groups in past and present societies and cultures. Key questions on the power of art, rights and responsibilities of artists versus viewers, and function of the modern art museum and gallery as a 'safe space' act as a framework for the course.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Lisa Mansfield

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the social history of art in past and present visual cultures.
    2 Identify and interpret images and objects using principal methods of visual analysis employed in art historical research.
    3 Examine works of art using appropriate digital technologies. 
    4 Evaluate credible academic sources independently and collectively to articulate informed arguments in textual and oral communication.
    5 Engage in small group discussion and cooperative problem solving.
    6 Write critically and reflectively about contentious global issues in art censorship with cultural sensitivity and ethical awareness. 
    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1-6
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    4, 5, 6
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    4, 5
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    3, 6
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1, 5, 6
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    5, 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Weekly prescribed readings will be available on MyUni Canvas or by searching the Barr Smith Library (BSL) catalogue independently in advance of seminars.
    Recommended Resources
    Recommended background reading

    D'Alleva, Anne. How to Write Art History. London: Laurence King Publishing, 2006. 

    Chiilds, Elizabeth C. Suspended License: Censorship in the Visual Arts. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1997.

    Freedberg, David. The Power of Images: Studies in the History and Theory of Response. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989.

    Freeland, Cynthia. But Is It Art? An Introduction to Art Theory. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2001. [BSL e-book].
    Online Learning
    MyUni Canvas

    Announcements

    Discussion Board (Q&A)

    Lecture recordings

    Lecture and seminar image powerpoints

    Seminar learning activities and discussion questions

    Assessment task (assignment) instructions

    Turnitin (assessment task submission and plagiarism tool)

    External resources (websites; podcasts; youtubes)
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    While most weeks include face-to-face contact in the lecture and seminars on campus, the course includes a small number of replacement structured online activities in a blended learning mode.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Lectures  10 hours
    Seminars and online replacement activities 24 hours
    Reading 72 hours
    Research and assignment preparation  50 hours
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week 1 Course induction Online activities only
    Week 2 Making and viewing art Face-to-face lecture and seminar
    Week 3 Art and ethics  Face-to-face lecture and seminar
    Week 4 Taboo themes in art Face-to-face lecture and seminar
    Week 5 Religious transgressions Face-to-face lecture and seminar
    Week 6 Nude versus naked Face-to-face lecture and seminar
    Week 7 Peformance art   Face-to-face lecture and seminar
    Week 8 Art and animals  Face-to-face lecture and seminar
    Week 9 Research essay  Online activities only
    Week 10 Research essay  Online activities only
    Week 11 Art and activism  Face-to-face lecture and seminar
    Week 12 Art and death  Face-to-face lecture and seminar
    Specific Course Requirements
    Students must be over 18 years of age to enrol in the course due to discussions of R rated materials.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Small Group Discovery Experiences are not only delivered in discussions, debates, and role-play activities in the face-to-face seminars, but also conducted on the MyUni Canvas Discussion Board.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome
    Seminar participation  Formative and summative

    Weeks 4-12

    10% 1, 2, 5
    Seminar source review Summative Week 5 25% 3, 4
    Annotated bibliography Formative and summative Week 11 20% 1, 4, 
    Research Essay Formative and summative Week 13 45% 1, 2, 3, 4, 6
    Assessment Related Requirements
    There are no special requirements. This course will follow Faculty of Arts policy on extensions and submission of late assignments.
    Assessment Detail
    Seminar participation Weeks 4-12 Seminar participation will assess inclusiveness and quality of small group discussion, cooperative problem-solving, and completion of collaborative worksheets. 
    Seminar source review 1000 words Students will write a critical review of one prescribed (peer-reviewed) journal article or book chapter for topics in weeks 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, or 12. This assignment is due in week 5. 
    Annotated bibliography 1000 words Students will write a series of clear and concise descriptive and evaluative paragraphs (150-200 words each) on 6-8 academic sources that will be used to inform the discussion in the research essay.
    Research essay 2000 words The research essay requires application of critical and analytical writing skills to substantiate an argumentative position and express meaningful findings on a prescribed question. 
    Submission
    The three major assessment tasks (assignments) must be submitted via Turnitin on MyUni Canvas (by midnight of the due date).
    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

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    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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