This course will provide a broad introduction to major themes and forms of art and architecture in Southeast Asia, from the prehistoric pottery and bronzes of Thailand through Hindu-Buddhist architecture and sculpture to the art of later coastal commercial empires and the modern and contemporary art of the 20th and 21st centuries. The course will also examine the interplay between art and royal patronage, religious practice and colonial power.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Recognise key attributes of Southeast Asian art and use these to identify Southeast Asian works of art, individually and in collaboration with peers;
2. Relate art objects and creation to their historical and contemporary milieu;
3. Use specific examples to evaluate theories of and approaches to Southeast Asian art, individually and in collaboration with peers;
4. Reflect on and discuss the ways in which meanings are communicated by Southeast Asian art;
5. Research, select and combine examples and integrate key textual and archival sources to develop and present, orally and in writing, your own perspectives on key themes in Southeast Asian art.
One 2000 word essay and presentation (40%), one 1000 word essay and presentation (20%), an 800 word Wiki entry (15%), and a visual paper (25%).
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 30 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 18 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 100 hours of independent student research, reading and writing. Contact hours may include visits to major art institutions in Canberra.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Kerlogue, Fiona, Arts of Southeast Asia, London: Thames and Hudson, 2004
Maxwell, Robyn, Textiles of Southeast Asia, 2nd ed, Hongkong: Periplus, 2003
Roxas-Lim, Aurora, Southeast Asian art and culture: ideas, forms and societies, Jakarta: ASEAN, 2005
Christina Sumner and Milton Osborne, Arts of Southeast Asia, Sydney: Powerhouse Publishing, 2001.
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