Art and the Environment - 2016

Unit summary

VIS320

  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Essay 1 (40%) , Essay 2 (45%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
AUD$
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit explores a range of concepts and contexts in which ideas about nature operate, both historically and in contemporary culture. You will gain a broad introduction to many ideas relating to the natural environment and culture, from the western ideal of the 'Garden of Eden' to contemporary gardens as cultural projects. You will explore links between nature and religion, an international history of gardens, the use of nature in political contexts and the role of the natural environment in an age of climate change.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. identify and assess a range of issues relating to the representation of nature
  2. evaluate the integrity of diverse sources of information, compare and contrast differing cultural perspectives in historical and contemporary visual culture
  3. demonstrate a sound knowledge of issues concerning contemporary Indigenous Australian art through written communication.
  • Essay 1 (40%)
  • Essay 2 (45%)
  • Test (15%)

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

You need a high level of proficiency in the English language and basic essay writing skills before you commence this unit.

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1Introduction
2Wonder
3Paganism
4Aboriginal Art and Landscape
5Australian Art
6Landscape and the body
7Japanese aesthetics and contemporary gardens
8Islamic, medieval and mannerist gardens
9Romanticism, the German landscape and national identity
10Environmental and reclamation art
11The urban landscape

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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