ARTH 3001OL - Art Censorship: The Culture Wars

Online - Semester 2 - 2022

This course investigates contentious case studies as flashpoints in contemporary art with a focus on controversies concerning taboo themes, abject materials, and the use and abuse of art as political activism. In revisiting the Culture Wars of the 1980s and 1990s, particularly the work of the so-called Young British Artists (YBAs), the course aims to examine, with empathy and objectivity, the limits of creative expression in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. The rights and responsibilities of the artist and ethical expectations of museums and galleries are contrasted against reactions of shock and revulsion within a global cultural framework that questions diverse perceptions of the power of art.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ARTH 3001OL
    Course Art Censorship: The Culture Wars
    Coordinating Unit Art History
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Online
    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
    Course Description This course investigates contentious case studies as flashpoints in contemporary art with a focus on controversies concerning taboo themes, abject materials, and the use and abuse of art as political activism. In revisiting the Culture Wars of the 1980s and 1990s, particularly the work of the so-called Young British Artists (YBAs), the course aims to examine, with empathy and objectivity, the limits of creative expression in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. The rights and responsibilities of the artist and ethical expectations of museums and galleries are contrasted against reactions of shock and revulsion within a global cultural framework that questions diverse perceptions of the power of art.
    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
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of relevant methods and theories applicable to the study of contemporary art.
    2 Conceptualise and problem solve complex cultural instersections and conflicts between contemporary art, global culture, and local communities.
    3 Communicate respectfully and independently and collaboratively in small group discussions of contentious topics.
    4 Employ professional standards of speaking and writing about art in prepration for career pathways and higher studies in Art History and Curatorial and Museum Studies.
    5 Analyse diverse images and objects to meet global standards of art historical practice.
    6 Demonstrate awareness and respect for contemporary art that directly or indirectly relates to past and present traditions of Indigenous Australian art and culture.
    7 Use relevant online research tools and disciplinary specific digital image databases.
    8 Distinguish between credible research versus uninformed opinion on issues and ideas related to contemporary art with objectivity and empathy for both artists and audiences.



    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1, 2, 4, 5

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    2, 3, 5

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    3, 4

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    3, 4, 5, 6

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    2, 6

    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.

    5, 6

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    4, 5, 7

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    3, 6, 8
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Prescribed weekly readings will be available in MyUni.
    Recommended Resources
    The following books offer useful background reading for the course:

    • 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. Art Theory: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006. 
    • Freeland, Cynthia. But Is It Art? An Introduction to Art Theory. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.
    • Fullerton, Elizabeth. Artrage! The Story of the BritArt Revolution. London: Thames & Hudson, 2016.
    Online Learning
    All course materials are accessible on MyUni:   

    • Pre-recorded lectures (Echo360)
    • Image PowerPoints 
    • Announcements
    • Discussion boards
    • Assessment task instructions
    • Assignment submission (Turnitin)
    • External resources (academic databases; museum and gallery websites; podcasts; youtubes)
    • BSL resources 
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This online course is composed of pre-recorded lectures, Zoom tutorials, and weekly structured online learning activities to assist with assignment completion. Students are also expected to conduct independent assignment preparation throughout semester. In addition, there will be one face-to-face learning experience during semester.
    Workload

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

    STRUCTURED LEARNING TOTAL HOURS
    1 x 1-hour pre-recorded lecture per week 12 hours
    6 x 2-hour Zoom tutorials per fortnight  6 hours
    18 hours online learning activities  18 hours 
      36 hours per semester

    SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING TOTAL HOURS
    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
    120 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD  156 HOURS PER SEMESTER
    Learning Activities Summary
    WEEKLY TOPICS
    1. Introduction: From Empathy to Ethics
    2. The Culture Wars
    3. Taboo Themes in Art
    4. Materials and Materiality
    5. Religious Transgressions
    6. Bodies 
    7. Sexualities 
    8. Animals
    9. Research Essay Workshop
    10. Activism
    11. Death
    12: Conclusion: Art and Aftermath
    Specific Course Requirements
    Age Restriction: Students must 18 years or over to enrol in the course.

    Students unable to attend Zoom tutorials must complete a supplmentary discussion board activity related to a tutorial case study to pass the course.
  • 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
    Visual Analysis Formative and Summative

    During semester

    20% 1, 4, 7
    Tutorial Case Study Formative and Summative During semester 35% 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8
    Research Essay Formative and Summative End of semester 45% 1-8
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students who are unable to attend any Zoom tutorials are required to complete a supplementary Discussion board learning activity (5%) related to one of the weekly topics (different to the Tutorial Case Study 30%).
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment  Description Weighting
    Visual Analysis Students will be required to write a visual analysis (800 words) on a contemporary work of art relevant to the course. 20%
    Tutorial Case Study Students will be required to write a short essay (1,200 words) in response to a prescribed question on one tutorial case study. 35%
    Research Essay Students will be required to write a Research Essay (2,800 words) with synopsis and thesis statement (200 words). 45%
    Submission
    All assignments must be submitted using Turnitin (MyUni) 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.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

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

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    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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