ARTH 7016OL - Contemporary Australian Art

Online - Semester 1 - 2022

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ARTH 7016OL
    Course Contemporary Australian Art
    Coordinating Unit Art 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 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 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)

    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, 3, 4

    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, 4, 5, 6

    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, 5, 6

    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.


    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.

    1, 3, 4, 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.

    1, 2, 4

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

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

    2, 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.

    4, 5, 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Prescribed weekly readings will be available on MyUni.
    Recommended Resources
    The following books provide useful background reading:

    • Barrett, Jennifer and Jacqueline Millner, Australian Artists in the Contemporary Museum. Farnham; Burlington: Ashgate, 2014.
    • McLean, Ian. Rattling Spears: A History of Indigenous Australian Art. London: Reaktion Books, 2016.
    Online Learning
    Tutorials are held on Zoom and all course materials are accessible on MyUni:

    • Pre-recorded lectures (Echo360)
    • Image PowerPoints
    • Announcements
    • Discussion board
    • 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 course is conducted online using Zoom and MyUni, supplemented by one face-to-face learning experience during semester.

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

    3 hours online structured learning activities per week 36 hours per semester
    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
    Specific Course Requirements
  • 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
    Online discussion and learning activities Formative and Summative During semester 20% 1, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Comparative Visual analysis Formative and summative During semester 35% 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7
    Research essay Formative and summative End of semester 45% 1-7
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment task  Description Word count
    Online Learning Tasks Students will be required to complete four online learning discussion activities related to selected weekly topics.  800 words
    Comparative Visual Analysis Students will be required to select and comparatively analyse two contemporary Australian works of art, including one on display in the collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) and available for study on the Google Art Project. 1,200 words
    Research essay Students will be required to write a Research Essay (with a synopsis and thesis statement) from a prescribed list of questions.  3,500 words
    Assignments must be submitted using Turnitin on 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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