Australian Aboriginal Art - 2017

Unit summary

VIS25

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

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2017 Fees
AUD$
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit was previously known as VIS25 Contemporary Indigenous Australian Art.

Explore the histories, aesthetics and politics that shape contemporary Indigenous Australian art. This unit examines artistic practices from a range of geographical and historical contexts within Indigenous Australia. Students are encouraged to engage critically with texts and to assess the reliability of information when approaching this unit. Topics include pre-colonial art, the Dreaming, art as a political strategy, the appropriation of Indigenous art and Indigenous art on the global stage.

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

  1. investigate issues in artistic practice in relation to contemporary and historical contexts
  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%)
  • Quiz — Online test (15%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • VIS36 — Contemporary Aboriginal Art

Recommended prerequisites

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

You need proficiency in the English language and be competent in writing essays.

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1Introduction
2Aboriginal Nations Pre-Invasion
3The 'Unsettling' of Australia
4Aboriginal Art in Colonial Australia 1788-1900
5Aboriginal Peoples in the Photographic Archive
6Ephemeral Practices, Ritual, Song and Performance in Aboriginal cultures
7Artefact and Landscape as Memory Triggers in Aboriginal Communities
8Diversity and Difference
9International Markets, Displacement and Commodification in Remote Aboriginal Communities
10Artists as Cultural Warriors: The Twentieth Century Human Rights movements
11Contemporary Art. History Under the Microscope; Reclaiming the Present and the Future

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

This unit is an approved elective 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.

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