CRARTS 1001 - What Is This Thing Called Art?
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code CRARTS 1001 Course What Is This Thing Called Art? Coordinating Unit English and Creative Writing Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Restrictions Available to BCtveArts students only Course Description Can a toilet be considered a work of art? Who decides what art is? According to many scholars, when Marcel Duchamp exhibited a urinal he purchased from a plumbing warehouse under the title 'Fountain' in a New York art exhibition in 1917, he created one of the most iconic works of art of the twentieth century. Duchamp's action challenged received notions of art, such that now, according to Theodor Adorno, it is 'taken for granted that nothing which concerns art can be taken for granted any more: neither art itself, nor art in relationship to the whole, not even the right of art to exist'. In this course we will examine art as just such a contested category, and consider some of the ways in which the arts have been understood across human history. The course encompasses all forms of art, from the literary and visual to the performing and decorative, and will be organised thematically around a series of questions and topics. We will discuss some definitions of art and we will examine the relationship of art to ideology, the economy and the state, to gender and social class, and we will discuss some of the debates about the social functions of art and the notion of taste. Above all, the course will encourage students to think critically about the very notion of art and to begin to question their own practice as makers of art in contemporary culture.
Course Coordinator: Dr Maggie Tonkin
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
- Discuss some of the different ways that the arts have been understood across human cultures.
- Demonstrate understanding and be able to discuss some of the debates about how art has been defined and categorized, and about the relationship of art to power, ideology, the economy, race, gender and social class.
- Locate and access primary and secondary sources relevant to the course.
- Read and interpret criticism and apply it within academic arguments.
- Write logical and coherent arguments based on evidence, and engage in critical debate.
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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)
1,2,3,4,5 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
1,2,4,5 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
1,5 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
2,5 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
1,2,3 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
Required ResourcesLearning materials will be provided online via MyUni.
Online LearningAll lectures will be recorded and available via MyUni. Assessement details, announcements and email communications will all be available through MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesWeekly lectures will introduce the topic and outline related key concepts and debates. In seminars we will explore the lecture material, as well as the issues raised in the reading material for the week. In both small and large groups, students will discuss ideas about art and their implications in relation to specific artworks. Time in seminars will also be devoted to skill building: critical reading, textual analysis, locating and interpreting appropriate scholarly secondary sources, referencing and writing university essays.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.1 x 1 hour lecture per week 12 hours per semester
1 x 2 hour seminar per week (or equivalent) 24 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 SummaryWeek 1: Introduction: What does art do?
Week 2: The role of the arts in Aboriginal culture, both traditional and contemporary
Week 3: The arts in the ancient world
Week 4: The economics of art: models of patronage, state support and independence
Week 5: Art, ideology and power: propaganda and censorship, the artist and the state
Week 6: Art and ideas of cultural value and taste: high and low art, the avant-garde, the original and the copy
Week 7: Who can be an artist? theories of authorship, genius and originality
Week 8: Art, gender and sexuality
Week 9: The two cultures: art and science
Week 10: art, craft and the community arts movement
Week 11: Art and disability
Week 12: The arts in contemporary culture: festivals, bienniales, retrospectives, blockbusters, etc.
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Assessemnt Task Task Type Course Learning Outcomes
Participation in seminars 10% Formative 1,2,4
Textual Analysis 20% Formative and Summative 1,2,3,4
Annotated Bibliography 30% Formative and Summative 1,2,3,4
Research Essay 40% Summative 1,2,3,4,5
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents are expected to attend lectures and seminars having read the set reading material. Attendance at seminars is compulsory. All assessment tasks must be attempted in order to pass this course.
Assessment Task Description Weighting Seminar participation Active participation in class activities, including selection of a passage and questions for group discussion 10% Textual analysis Students will analyse a scholarly article (1000 words) 20% Annotated bibliography Students will identify appropriate scholarly sources for their essay and summarize their arguments (1500 words) 30% Research essay Students will write a research essay on a topic related to the course (2000 words) 40%
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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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