• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Visual Arts
  • Areas of interest Visual Arts
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

2,500 years ago, Plato condemned art and artists as politically dangerous. Ever since then there has been a complex and passionate relation between art and politics, between art and power. This course examines this relation both historically and conceptually, covering such areas as revolutionary art, community based art, public memorials and festivals, questions of gender, race and nationhood, and ends with the culture wars of the present moment. The course includes detailed analyses of specific artists and artworks and encourages the student to reflect on the political implications of their own practice.


This course may also be offered as an intensive.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the relationship between politics and contemporary art and life.
  2. Relate contemporary social and political issues to contemporary visual culture.
  3. Analyze and interpret artistic, social and political standpoints in works of art.
  4. Present written and oral arguments about the politics of a work of art.

Indicative Assessment

1000 word written essay (25%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]

2500 word essay (45%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]

8 minute tutorial presentation (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]

Participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]

 

For intensive mode:

1 x preliminary 1200 word written exercise (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]

1200 word written exercise due last day of course (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]

2500 word essay due six weeks after the end of the course (50%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]

Participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]

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Workload

Semester length delivery - 130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing. Intensive delivery - 130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 35 hours of contact: lectures and tutorials, delivered intensively over 5 days (9am-5pm); and b) 95 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 36 units of ANU courses towards a degree, or with the permission of the convenor.

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $2652
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4080
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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