ARTH 7016OL - Contemporary Australian Art
Online - Semester 1 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code ARTH 7016OL Course Contemporary Australian Art Coordinating Unit History Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s Online Units 6 Contact Online Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Incompatible ARTH 5203, ARTH 5203EX Restrictions Available to GCertArtHist, GDipArtHist, MA(StArtHist) & MA(CuratMuseumSt) only Course Description This online course introduces global contemporary art through the local lens of Australian society and culture in the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries. In exploring intersections between art and politics, landscape and national identity, gender, multiculturalism, digital technologies, street art, post-colonial and de-colonial discourses, and urban Indigenous art, the course offers a dynamic learning experience that is enriched by the collections of the Art Gallery of South Australia.
Course Coordinator: Dr Lisa Mansfield
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of major art and artists in contemporary Australian art. 2 Derive meanings from images and objects using formal visual analysis. 3 Interpret primary sources as part of independent research. 4 Critically review scholarly arguments in secondary sources to frame meaningful questions about art. 5 Work independently and cooperatively in problem-solving and research tasks. 6 Communicate cogently using discipline specific terminology in writing about art. 7 Use appropriate digital technologies for analysing art and research tools.
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, 2, 3, 4, 7 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
2, 3, 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
5, 6 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1-7 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, 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
Required ResourcesPrescribed weekly readings will be available online as an electronic reading list on MyUni.
Recommended ResourcesD'Alleva, Anne. How to Write Art History. London: Laurence King Publishing, 2006.
Green, Charles. "Australian contemporary art, 1995-2010." Oxford Art Online/Grove Art Online, 9 November 2006. [BSL electronic resource]
McLean, Ian. "Aboriginal Australian contemporary art, 1990-2010." Oxford Art Online/Grove Art Online, 9 November 2006. [BSL electronic resource]
Discussion forum (prescribed questions and weekly discussion)
Structured learning activities
Text and image powerpoints
Assessment task instructions
Turnitin (assessment task submission and plagiarism tool)
External internet resources (museum and gallery websites; image databases; podcasts)
BSL (Barr Smith Library) Art History Subject Guide: http://libguides.adelaide.au/ArtHistory
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is conducted online using MyUni and electronic sources of extracurricular enrichment (there are no lectures or tutorials on campus).
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
STRUCTURED LEARNING ONLINE TOTAL HOURS 3 hours online structured learning activities per week 36 hours per semester SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING ONLINE TOTAL HOURS 8 hours reading per week 96 hours per semester 9 hours research per week 108 hours per semester 6 hours assignment preparation per week 72 hours per semester TOTAL HOURS = 312 hours per semester
Learning Activities Summary
Tentative list of online learning activity topics Week 1 Introduction: Essential Art History Toolkit Week 2 Formal analysis Week 3 Contextual analysis Week 4 Traditions and transformations Week 5 The genre of landscape Week 6 Representations of gender Week 7 Aboriginal Australian contemporary art Week 8 From postcolonial to decolonial Week 9 Researching and writing about contemporary art Week 10 Global perspectives Week 11 Biennial and triennial exhibitions Week 12 Australian contemporary art in the digital age
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome Online discussion and learning activities Formative and Summative Weekly 20% 1, 4, 5, 6, 7 Visual analysis Formative and summative During semester 30% 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 Research essay Formative and summative End of semester 50% 1-7
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents must submit the Research Essay (50%) to pass the course.
Assessment task Description Word count Online discussion and learning activities Students will be required to participate in weekly online discussions and structured learning activities (responding to questions about the prescribed readings along with pop quizzes, object reports, and formative tasks to help complete assignments). 1,000 words Visual analysis Students will be required to select and comparatively analyse two contemporary Australian works of art, includiing one on display in the collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) and available for study on the Google Art Project. 1,500 words Research essay Students will be required to write a research essay (with a synopsis and thesis statement) based on a negotiated question that extends a topic covered in the course. 3,500 words
SubmissionThe two major assessment tasks (Visual Analysis and Research Essay) must be submitted via Turnitin on MyUni by midnight of the due date.
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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