ARTH 2004OL - Contemporary Australian Art

Online - Semester 1 - 2019

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 2004OL
    Course Contemporary Australian Art
    Coordinating Unit History
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Online
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours online per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites ARTH 1001
    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

    Please check MyUni for your tutor's name and contact information.
    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 understanding and visual knowledge of contemporary Australian art.
    2 Communicate using discipline specific terminology.
    3 Conduct independent research on art and artists using primary and secondary sources.
    4 Analyse and interpret images and objects using formal analysis and appropriate digital technologies.
    5 Engage in cooperative learning activities online 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, 2
    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, 3, 4
    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
    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, 5
    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
    2, 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Prescribed weekly readings will be available online as an electronic reading list on MyUni.

    External students based in rural South Australia, interstate, or overseas are required to register as a remote student with the Barr Smith Library by week 4.
    Recommended Resources
    D'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]
    Online Learning


    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:
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This 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.

    Workload - Structured Learning Total Hours
    3 hours structured online learning per week 36 hours per semester
    Workload - 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
    TOTAL = 156 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Tentative list of learning activity topics
    Week 1 - Module 1 Introduction: Essential Art History Toolkit
    Week 2 Formal analysis
    Week 3 Contextual analysis 
    Week 4 - Module 2 Traditions and transformations 
    Week 5 The genre of landscape
    Week 6 Representations of gender
    Week 7 - Module 3 Aboriginal Australian contemporary art
    Week 8 From postcolonial to decolonial 
    Week 9 Researching and writing about contemporary art
    Week 10 - Module 4 Global perspectives 
    Week 11 Biennial and triennial exhibitions 
    Week 12 Australian contemporary art in the digital age
  • 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


    20% 1-5
    Visual analysis  Formative and Summative During semester 35% 1, 2, 4
    Research Essay  Formative and summative End of semester 45% 1-5
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students must submit the Research Essay (45%) to pass the course.
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment Description Word count
    Online discussion and learning tasks 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 comparatively analyse two prescribed contemporary Australian works of art 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 on a prescribed topic. 2,500 words
    The two major assessment tasks (Visual Analysis and Research Essay) must be submitted via 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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