• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Art History
  • Areas of interest Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Development Studies, Physics

The focus of this course is the way race and racial politics has impacted the production, exhibition, reception and circulation of art, visual and material culture. Topics for examination include the depiction of racial difference, racism in art and art history, race-based violence and the politics of display, whiteness verses colour, colonialism and decolonisation, intersectionality, orientalism, and the visual cultures of slavery. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate a critical understanding of the complex role of race in art and art history;
  2. examine the ways race and racial difference have been visualised through art, visual and material culture;
  3. assume a transdisciplinary approach in order to understand how race has been constructed visually and textually across disciplines, including anthropology; and
  4. engage with theoretical approaches which foreground colonialism, difference, race and whiteness. 

Indicative Assessment

  1. Positionality Statement, 500 words (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Presentation, 10 mins (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Exhibition Review, 1000 words (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Research Essay, 3000 (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  5. Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

Refer to Wattle

Preliminary Reading

Refer to Wattle


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6.00 0.12500
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Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
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2024 $5280
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8467 21 Jul 2025 28 Jul 2025 31 Aug 2025 24 Oct 2025 In Person N/A

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