• Class Number 4635
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Chaitanya Sambrani
    • Dr Chaitanya Sambrani
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

This course introduces students to the development of modernism in Indian, Indonesian and Japanese art. Whereas the dominant discourse of art history from a Euro-American perspective tends to consign non-western modernist art to a marginal status and treats it as derivative, this course argues that modernism in particular Asian countries follows trajectories that are regionally specific and culturally diverse, responding to political, technological and social transformations. At the same time, the course addresses the complex interrelations between these non-western modernisms and the development of Euro-American modernism.

Concentrating on a century of artistic practices from the later nineteenth century onwards, the course will offer students an introduction to visual practices, historical approaches and theoretical formulations relating to this material. Colonial and postcolonial histories of art, as well as relations between art practice and nationhood will form the core of the inquiry.


Learning Outcomes

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

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

  1. Demonstrate sound knowledge of major trajectories of modernist art in India, Indonesia and Japan, c. 1860-1960.
  2. Present sophisticated analysis of the work of significant artists in formal and contextual terms.
  3. Demonstrate thorough understanding of historical, political and aesthetic issues that relate to individual artists, periods or movements.
  4. Demonstrate thorough understanding of major theoretical issues that underpin the work of Asian modernist artists.
  5. Present thoroughly researched and sophisticated oral and written discussions pertaining to the course material.

Research-Led Teaching

I have been an active researcher in the field of modern and contemporary Asian art for more than two decades. My teaching stems from fieldwork, publications and curatorial activities in this area since 1996.

Field Trips

Visit to the Asian art galleries at NGA.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Written feedback through Turnitin on annotated bibliography and essay.
  • Verbal feedback on tutorial presentation immediately following presentation.
  • Written feedback on forum postings as appropriate.
  • Verbal feedback to the whole class during tutorials, as appropriate.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Referencing requirements

The standard referencing system for this course is the Chicago Manual of Style. Guidelines for essay writing and further information on how and why to cite your sources can be found at: http://soa.anu.edu.au/study-protocols/referencing-guidelines

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to the course: the idea of Asia
2 Pre-modern traditions in Asian art (Lecture at NGA) Academic skills workshop during tutorials
3 Colonial representations of Asia: Orientalism and Postcolonial Theory
4 “Asia is One!” Revivalism in Japan and India
5 Japanese art after the Meiji Restoration
6 Asian Cinema 1: Kurosawa Akira, Kumonosu-jo (Throne of Blood) Annotated bibliography due
7 Modernism in Japanese art Annotated bibliography feedback via Wattle
8 Modernism in Indian art
9 Asian Cinema 2: Satyajit Ray, Apur Sansar (The World of Apu)
10 Modernism in Indonesian art
11 Post-1945 developments in India, Indonesia and Japan
12 Essay due

Tutorial Registration

Students are required to register for tutorials via Wattle

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Tutorial Presentation 30 % 08/03/2019 04/07/2019 2,3,4,5
Essay 60 % 06/06/2019 04/07/2019 1,2,3,4,5
Participation 10 % 08/03/2019 04/07/2019 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 08/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4,5

Tutorial Presentation

Focusing on the work of an artist or group of artists active in an Asian context between c. 1850 and 1970, prepare and deliver an 12-minute presentation during tutorials. Upload your presentation and notes to Wattle within one week of your presentation.

Word limit: 1500 words (12 minutes)

Value: 30%

Presentation requirements: deliver in tutorials with appropriate visual material, and upload to Wattle.

Estimated return date: N/A

Assessment Task 2

Value: 60 %
Due Date: 06/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5


Carefully read through the list and choose one of the essay questions posted on Wattle. Write a 4500-word essay addressing your chosen topic. Your essay should be accompanied by relevant visual documentation, be properly referenced using either footnotes or endnotes, and be accompanied by a bibliography of all sources consulted (regardless of whether these appear in footnotes/endnotes). The word limit does not include footnotes/endnotes and bibliography.

Word limit: 4500 words

Value: 60%

Presentation requirements: upload to Wattle via Turnitin

Estimated return date:


CriteriaFailPassCreditDistinctionHigh Distinction



Does not include a bibliography (when required)

Little knowledge of major themes

Adequate range of sources (when required)

Relies mostly on internet sites

Adequate understanding of the topic

Good range of references but missing significant sources (when required)

Good understanding of the topic and major issues

Wide range of sources, including peer reviewed articles, but missing some authors (when required)

Thorough knowledge of the major issues and perceptive analysis of major points

Thoroughly researched, consulting all the major sources, including peer reviewed journals (when required)

Sophisticated understanding of the major issues and awareness of complexities 


Lacks any argument and does not address the assessment criteria

Sound attempt to write an argument and adequately address the assessment criteria

Clearly stated argument which addresses the assessment criteria convincingly

Strong argument that presents a wide range of convincing points

Highly sophisticated and lucid argument that addresses the assessment criteria comprehensively and insightfully 


Does not discuss relevant images

Includes a suitable choice of images with a basic analysis

Visual analysis integrated in a basic manner

Suitable choice of images with comprehensive visual analysis

Visual analysis successfully integrated into the overall argument

Suitable choice of images with discerning visual analysis

Visual analysis astutely integrated into the overall argument

Excellent choice of images, with highly perceptive visual analysis

Visual analysis integrated into the overall argument in a compelling and seamless manner


Little or no structure

Aimlessly rambles

Completely off topic

Adequate arrangement of ideas

Usually remains focused on the topic

Clear organisation of ideas

Good use of paragraphing

Good introduction and conclusion

Remains focused on the topic

Strong organisation

Effective use of paragraphing and topic sentences

Logical paragraphs

Effective introduction and conclusion

Excellent organisation

Extremely logical paragraphs with highly effective use of topic sentences

Engaging and highly effective introduction and conclusion


Poorly written with many spelling and grammatical errors

Adequately written essay

Usually correct grammar and spelling

Well written essay

Usually correct grammar and spelling

Fluently written essay

Minimal grammatical and spelling errors

Highly articulate and written in an eloquent style

Comprehension enhanced by grammar and spelling 

REFERENCING (when required)

Inadequate referencing

Images inadequately labeled

Adequate referencing and image labeling but with some mistakes and inconsistencies

Use of the Chicago Style Manual and footnotes

Good referencing and image labeling with few mistakes

Use of the Chicago Style Manual and footnotes

Careful referencing and image labeling with almost no mistakes

Use of the Chicago Style Manual and footnotes

Effective use of quotes

Meticulous referencing and image labeling

Use of the Chicago Style Manual and footnotes

Excellent and balanced use of quotes

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 08/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4


Your participation will be assessed on the basis of engagement with lectures and tutorials, contributions to tutorial discussion on the basis of required readings, and contributions to online discussion via the Class Forum.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

All assignments are to be submitted on Wattle, and will be returned the same way.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Essays that are marked between 45 and 49 % may be resubmitted within one week of assessment.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Chaitanya Sambrani
02 6125 8402

Research Interests

Modern and contemporary art in Asia; art and nationhood; relationships between tradition and contemporaneity; art and urbanity.

Dr Chaitanya Sambrani

Wednesday 11:15 13:00
Wednesday 11:15 13:00
Dr Chaitanya Sambrani

Research Interests

Dr Chaitanya Sambrani

Wednesday 11:15 13:00
Wednesday 11:15 13:00

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