• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Art History
  • Areas of interest Art History, Classics and Ancient History , Visual Arts, Creative Arts, Arts

This unit will discuss objects and the relationship of people to objects. It will examine key moments in the history of objects over the past two centuries, with an emphasis on the post-war period and the current moment. Starting from motions of the object motivated by and motivating particular modern and contemporary art and craft practices, the unit will examine the production, consumption and distribution of objects, and the ways in which they have been collected, categorised and otherwise deployed to produce meaning.

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 important theoretical and historical frameworks for interpreting objects in visual art discourse.
  2. Apply relevant theoretical and historical frameworks for interpreting objects to contemporary visual art discourse.
  3. Present written and oral arguments about theories of objects and their relationship with visual culture.

Indicative Assessment

1000 word written essay (25%) [Learning Outcomes 1-3]

2500 word essay (45%) [Learning Outcomes 1-3]

8 minute tutorial presentation (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1-3]

Participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1-3]

 

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Workload

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.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 36 units of courses towards an ANU degree, or with the permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed any of the following courses: ARTV2030, ARTV6030 or ARTH6164.

Preliminary Reading

Appadurai, A. 'Introduction: commodities and the politics of value', in A. Appadurai, (ed), The social life of things: commodities in cultural perspective, Cambridge U. P., 1986.

Course readings are available on the Wattle course site.

Fees

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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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
2020 $3120
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4800
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4040 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person N/A

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